Earliest example of Indian iconography is Kushan?
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
>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.
> >> Dean Anderson
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