Earliest example of Indian iconography is Kushan?

Miska Pruszowska annamisia at YAHOO.COM
Thu Apr 14 10:31:07 UTC 2005

By the term "Indian iconography" do you mean "Hindu
As far as the Hindu iconography is concerned, Hindu
gods such as Lakshmi and Surya were depicted, in a way
known from later times, already on the Buddhist stupa
of Bharhut (2nd BC) and on the stupa railings in
Sanchi. For a quick look, see Harle: The art and
architecture of the Indian subcontinent (p.26ff).


Anna Slaczka.

--- Dean Anderson <dean_anderson at SACARI.ORG> wrote:

> Raffaele Pettazzoni, Professor of the History of
> Religions at the University
> of Rome, wrote in _The All-Knowing God_ (1956:124)
> the following line. Is it
> still true that this is the earliest example of
> Indian iconography?
>  "The standing god with three heads or faces whom we
> find on some coins of
> the Indo-Scythian kings of Kusan (second century
> A.D.) is the oldest known
> example in Indian iconography of historical times;
> from the third century
> onwards the instances become steadily more numerous
> in sculpture.
> Best,
> Dean Anderson

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