[INDOLOGY] dhanus/dhavin (Sagittarius)

Manu Francis manufrancis at gmail.com
Fri Nov 18 20:37:08 UTC 2016

Dear Bill,

The image you have found is illustrated in:

Desai, Kalpana. With contributions by B.V. Shetti and Manisha Nene.
Assisted by Vandana Prapanna. (2002). Jewels on the Crescent. Masterpieces
of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya formerly Prince of
Wales Museum of Western India. Mumbai: CSMVS, in association with Mapin
Publishing, Ahmedabad.
Item 49, page 56. See here
Discussed page 250.With reference to a contribution by B.V. Shetti,
"Saura-Pitha or the Solar Alatar in Indian Numismatics", pp. 335-339. In:
Gupta, P. L., MacDowall, D. W., Sharma, S., & Garg, S. (1992). *Indian
numismatics, history, art, and culture: Essays in the honour of Dr. P.L.
Gupta*. Delhi: Agam Kala Prakashan.

And see The Madras Tamil Lexicon about Sagittarius here

With very best wishes.


Emmanuel Francis
Chargé de recherche CNRS, Centre d'étude de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (UMR
8564, EHESS-CNRS, Paris)
Associate member, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Culture (SFB 950,
Universität Hamburg)

2016-11-18 18:13 GMT+01:00 Bill Mak <bill.m.mak at gmail.com>:

> Dear colleagues,
> A colleague of mine is looking for a high-resolution image of
> dhanus/dhavin (Sagittarius) in Indian sculpture, mural or manuscript. I
> came across an image from the internet which gives the description: "C.
> Saura Sect of Hinduism. Zodiac Wheel. Dolerite. Andhra Pradesh, India”:
> http://www.billmak.com/?attachment_id=1924
> Could anyone confirm the provenance of this piece or any other similar
> object?
> Textually, I am also curious about the variants dhanu/dhanvin.
> Sphujidhvaja in his *Yavanajātaka* gave *dhanus*, *dhanurdhara *and
> *dhavin*. Varāhamihira in addition gave the Sanskritized greek term
> *taukṣika* (from τοξότης). I am curious which form the modern Indian
> languages took - the bow, the archer/centaur or both?
> Best regards,
> Bill
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