Earliest example of Indian iconography is Kushan?

L.S. Cousins selwyn at NTLWORLD.COM
Thu Apr 14 15:26:31 UTC 2005

It may be that what is intended (or the misunderstood source) is a
statement concerning the earliest representation of a multi-headed
deity. In fact, however, there are earlier coins with such

Lance Cousins

>Good point. I thought the statement seemed a bit odd. Surely Sanchi was
>during the historical period. And it had certainly been discovered in 1956.
>I wonder what he was thinking.
>Can anyone decipher what he might have been trying to say?  :-)
>  >
>>--- 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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