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Beauty in money : numismatic art and technology of early South India : up to and including the Pallava period /

Beauty in money :  numismatic art and technology of early South India : up to and including the Pallava period /
DK Number:DK-216717
ISBN: 9788173049095
Title: Beauty in money : numismatic art and technology of early South India : up to and including the Pallava period /
Author: S. Suresh.
Imprint: New Delhi : Manohar Publishers & Distributors,
Physical Desc.: 243 p. : ill., 2 maps ; 23 cm.
Year: 2011
Price: USD 29.70
Subject Strings: Coin design--India, South--History.
  Coins, Indic--India, South--History.
  Numismatics--India, South--History.
  Technology--India, South--History.
  Mints--India, South--History.
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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.

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Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
List of Illustrations9
List of Abbreviations11
Preface13
1. Prologue15
2. Punch-marked Coins With Special Reference to the Finds in South India31
3. Coins of the Sangam Cheras60
4. Coins of the Sangam Colas77
5. Coins of the Sangam Pandyas87
6. Coins of the Malaiyamans105
7. Coins of the Satavahanas113
8. Coins of the Iksvakus145
9. Coins of the Visnukundins154
10. Coins of the Pallavas165
11. Epilogue201
Appendix I: Corpus of the Symbols and Devices on the Coins of Select Early South Indian dynasties211
Appendix II: A Note on the Coins of the Andipatti Hoard (Tamil Nadu)218
Appendix III. A Note on the Coins of the Kalabhras220
Appendix IV: A Note on the Art in Roman Coins and their Imitations Found in India222
Select Bibliography231
Index241
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