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Indian Numismatics and Its Cultural Aspects

 
A K Bhattacharyya (Author)
Synopsis

The book presented here in ten chapters and an important Appendix contains not only general surveys of the coin-systems in India but also some studies of important aspwcts of the coins issued from the 8th or 7th century B.C. down almost to the present times. Some of the interpretative essays apart, compositional excellences of the legends and artistic achievements in the issues have been discussed in extensor.

An additional mertt of the book consists in laying before scholars and the lay readers the numismatic contents of the collections of a couple of museums in the form of a Catalogue and a Survey. And in the over-all endeavour, some of the essays included here are reproductions bringing them all under one cover with profuse, though relevant, illustrations to aid the understanding of the information presented or the problems discussed. Herein lies, perhaps, the justification of a fresh treatise of some older studies.

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About the author

A K Bhattacharyya

A renowned scholar in East Asian Art in addition to his contribution to the study of all branches of Indian art, Professor A.K. Bhattacharyya has made a mark as an art-historian since long. His other interests include epigraphy and numismatics in which he has well-known publications. One of his works on Aspects of Perso-Arabic Epigraphy of India has earned worldwide commendation. His visits to Japan four times since 1968 and upto 1980, include a stay for a year in that country on a Japan Foundation Fellowship which he utilized in visiting almost all places of Buddhist interest, studying temples and sculptures. He took special care to study the stone sculptures in the southernmost island, Kylshi, by personal visits to the caverns and the rock-cut images in the Oita Prefecture and a few other places. Back from the study-tours in the Republic of China and Japan, Professor Bhattacharyya was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for his wide range of contribution to the study of the art of India and abroad. Among his works, A Corpus of Dedicatory Inscriptions for Temples of West Bengal; A Pageant of Indian Culture "Art & Archaeology; Historical, Cultural and Political Aspects of Perso-Arabic Epigraphy of India; Development of Buddhist Iconography in China, Korea and Japan from Indian Concepts; Buddhist Stone Sculpture of Japan; Thai Buddhist Iconography" Calcutta University on is dissertation: Studies in Jaina Iconography. Academically he has the most distinguished records and his linguistic equipment is the most unique in India, being a graduate in Arabic, and B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. in Sanskrit with a First class. He also secured the first class position in M.A. in Islamic History and Culture with Epigraphy and Numismatics as special subjects. He held important positions in India throughout his career. After being a Lecturer and Principal of Colleges for the first eight years of his service career, he served as Asstt. Curator, Archaeological Survey, Deputy Keeper and Keeper of Art Deptt. at the National Museum, New Delhi, Superintending Archaeologist in charge of the Museums Branch of the Archaeological Survey of India, and finally as Director, Indian Museum, Calcutta. On retirement, served the National University in the Republic of China as Visiting Professor.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Numismatics and Its Cultural Aspects
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.10.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8180902321, 9788180902321
length xii+214p., Figures; Index; 28cm.