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Art historical studies have hitherto been mostly confined to sculptures, paintings, furniture and jewellery. Boldly moving away from the conventional approach to the study of coins as mere economic entities, the present volume is the first systematic, comprehensive and analytical study of ancient Indian coins as objects of art. Coins, like historical monuments, sculptures and paintings, have a symbolic meaning behind the visual form and epitomize the socio-religious conditions and the art traditions in which they emerged. Focusing on the coins of south India, the study, combining empirical data with theoretical insights, explores the subtle interrelations between the steady evolution of coinage and the simultaneous development of art in this region.
Tracing thematic, iconographic and stylistic affinities between the art in coins and the art in stone, the study clearly reveals that as sculptural art was more pervasive than numismatic art, the latter recurrently felt the impact of the former. Often, the mint masters and coin makers, faithfully reproduced, on a miniature scale, specimens of sculpture and architecture on the coins. At the same time, coins too were rarely featured in other mediums of art. Probing the metallic composition and the process of production of the coins of different dynamics and periods, the present study also analyses the technical constraints of numismatic art.
The volume includes an exhaustive corpus, prepared for the first time ever, of the symbols and devices on the coins of the major dynamics of ancient south India.
The book will be of interest to archaeologists, numismatists, art historians and economic historians.
|Chapter No.||Chapter Title||Chapter Author||Page No.|
|List of Illustrations||9|
|List of Abbreviations||11|
|2. Punch-marked Coins With Special Reference to the Finds in South India||31|
|3. Coins of the Sangam Cheras||60|
|4. Coins of the Sangam Colas||77|
|5. Coins of the Sangam Pandyas||87|
|6. Coins of the Malaiyamans||105|
|7. Coins of the Satavahanas||113|
|8. Coins of the Iksvakus||145|
|9. Coins of the Visnukundins||154|
|10. Coins of the Pallavas||165|
|Appendix I: Corpus of the Symbols and Devices on the Coins of Select Early South Indian dynasties||211|
|Appendix II: A Note on the Coins of the Andipatti Hoard (Tamil Nadu)||218|
|Appendix III. A Note on the Coins of the Kalabhras||220|
|Appendix IV: A Note on the Art in Roman Coins and their Imitations Found in India||222|
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| 1. Archaeology And Ancient Studies|
| 2. Art And Fine Arts|
| 3. History And History Of Civilization|
Beauty in money numismatic art and technology of early South India up to and including the Pallava period