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Ellora Caves, India | Photo: Oceansurf

Ellora Caves, India | Photo: Oceansurf

Together with rich history, culture and heritage, the Indian sub-continent is boastful of her oldest and finest sculptures. India owes her first sculptures to the Indus Valley Civilization (200 -2500 BC). The sculptures of this civilization mainly bases on stone, terra cotta and bronze. However, India’s earliest prehistoric sculptures are found in stone, clay, ivory, copper and gold. From the Indus Valley Civilization to the various rulers who ruled India, sculptures depict a history of their own.

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Prehistoric rock art at Bhim Betka Caves | Photo: Abhijeet Dutta

Prehistoric rock art at Bhim Betka Caves | Photo: Abhijeet Dutta

An archaeological site and a World Heritage Site, the Bhimbetka rock shelters provide an exhibition of the earliest art of human life. The heritage site boasts Stone Age rock paintings, which are nearly 9000 years old. The name Bhim betka is derived from the mythological association of the place with Bhima, one of the Pandavas.

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