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Numismatic Art of India (In 2 Volumes)

B.N. Mukherjee (Author)

The present treatise is the first of the four volumes of publication entitled Numismatic Art of India: Documentation of Materials. Volumes I deals with the numismatic art of India up to C.AD 1835. The modern age in Indian coinage commenced in about that year. The present treatise is divided into ten chapter and three appendices. While all the chapters are written by Prof. B.N. Mukherjee, appendices I, II and III are written respectively by Dr. Sabita Sharma, D. S. Suresh and Dr. Danish Moin, and revised (in cases of I and II) of rearranged (in case of III) by Prof. B.N. Mukherjee. There are (a) List of Abbreviation and (b) Select Bibliography. Numerous plates at the end illustrate several of the points discussed in the preceding pages. This volume contains a comprehensive history of art in Indian coins during the early and mediaeval periods. It embodies the first ever attempt in this directions. It is expected that the present treatise will be well received by the academic world. The illustrated work is the second of the four volumes of publication named Numismatic Art of India: Documentation of Materials. The Masterpieces of Indian Coins. The Album includes photographs of excellent Indian coins of early and mediaeval periods (with some exceptions). Each photograph is provided with a caption. The relevant coins are significant for the study of numismatic art of early and mediaeval India. The Album is expected to be of the great help to the students of art and coins and also to the interested public.    

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About the author

B.N. Mukherjee

B.N. Mukherjee, formerly the Carmichael Professor of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta, and also an ex-National Fellow in History, is an internationally acclaimed authority on early Indian and Central Asian history and culture. He is connected with several academic bodies and has held responsible positions. He has published fifty books and contributed more than 750 articles in different learned journals in India and abroad. In 1983 he made a major breakthrough in palaeographical research by successfully deciphering the so-called Shell Script of ancient India. In 1989 he discovered a new variety of the Kharoshti script (Eastern Kharoshti) and also an early script consisting of Kharoshti and Brahmi letters, probably called in the Lalitavistara as Vimisrita-lipi (Mixed script). In 1992 he was honoured with the award of Padmashri by the Government of India in recognition of his outstanding expertise in numismatics. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquary (London), an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (London), an Honorary Life Member of the Hellenic Numismatic Society (Athens), an Honorary Fellow of Asiatic Society (Calcutta) and an Honorary Fellow of the International Centre for the Study of Bengal Art (Dhaka), Prof. Mukherjee has been honoured in India and abroad. He has traveled widely, delivering lectures and presiding over numerous seminars and conferences. He was the General President of the sixty first session of the Indian History Congress (2000-2001) and the eighth session of the All India Art History Congress (2003).

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Title Numismatic Art of India (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.09.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121511895
length xii+263p.; 298p., Plates; Appendix; Notes; 29cm.