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Art-Motifs on Ancient Indian Coins

Prashant Srivastava (Author)
Synopsis The primary purpose of a coin is to facilitate economic transactions. At times, skilled artists were engaged to prepared dies and casts for manufacturing coins, and some of their creations can be classed as objects d’art. The present monograph is an attempt to study the art motifs on the coins of India from the earliest times to c 650 A.D. An Introduction in the beginning presents the features of art in ancient Indian coinage. The device of the royal hunt, so popular on Imperial Gupta coins, has been taken up in an appendix to the Introduction. Some beautifully struck coins, which may be termed as masterpieces of ancient Indian numismatic art have been illustrated, described and commented upon. This is followed by a Bibliography.
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About the author

Prashant Srivastava

Dr. Prashant Srivastava (BA Hons., MA, Ph.D, D.Litt), is Reader in ancient Indian History and Archaeology, University of Lucknow. His publications include Joint coin-types of Ancient India (published by the Numismatic Society of India 1990), aspects of Ancient Indian Numismatics (1996), coins of ancient India (1998), two dozen research papers, and a like number of popular articles on ancient Indian history. He has also written The Story of Early Indian Coins (1999) for children, and contributed 10 chapters in Select Battles in Indian History (2003) edited by Professors K.K. Thaplyal and S.N. Misra.

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Bibliographic information

Title Art-Motifs on Ancient Indian Coins
Author Prashant Srivastava
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186622683
length x+81p., Figures; Appendix; Bibliography; 25cm.