Indian Numismatics and its Cultural Aspects

Indian Numismatics and its Cultural Aspects

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Book Specification

Item Code: UAO126
Author: A. K. Bhattacharyya
Publisher: Bharatiya Kala Prakashan
Language: English
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9788180902321
Pages: 226
Other Details 11.00 X 9.00 inch
Weight 1.17 kg

Book Description

The book presented here in ten chapters and an important Appendix contains not only general surveys of the coin-systems in India but also some studies of important aspects of the coins issued from the 8th or 7th century B.C. down almost to the present times. Some of the interpretative essays apart, compositional excellences of the legends and artistic achievements in the issues have been discussed in extenso.

An additional merit of the book consists in laying before scholars and the lay readers the numismatic contents of the collections of a couple of museums in the form of a Catalogue and a Survey. And in the over-all endeavour, some of the essays included here are reproductions bringing them all under one cover with profuse, though relevant, illustrations to aid the understanding of the information presented or the problems discussed. Herein lies, perhaps, the justification of a fresh treatise of some older studies.

Professor A.K. Bhattacharyya, former Director of the Indian Museum, Calcutta, primarily a numismatist of established repute, is also well-known for his distinctive contribution to the study of Indian and Trans-Indian art and iconography. His first major work on Indian numismatics was written as co-author in a comprehensive book on Indian Art published from Tokyo, Japan. This was followed by a grand treatise on the collection of the Hackin collection of Indian coins in Musee Guimet, Paris. In course of this scrutinising work and subsequently as Director, Indian Museum, during 1965-75, his study of Indian coins continued unabated. He was elected a Member on the Council of the Numismatic Society of India.

Along with his intensive study of numismatics, he devoted himself to the study of Buddhist, Jaina and Brahmanic art as they flourished in India and abroad -with unparal-leled attention and devotion. It continued throughout a long span of more than fifty years, producing, more than twenty-four volumes touch-ing upon, epigraphy, textiles, paintings, and sculptures, emphasizing their iconographic niceties, wherever they so presented themselves. For his outstanding contribution in the field of cultural history of the country he was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship.

With a brilliant academic record throughout from Matric to the two M.A.-s, one in Sanskrit and the other in Islamic History and Culture, both with First Class, the latter with Perso-Arabic epigraphy and numismatics as special subjects, he is the awardee of PRS from the Calcutta University. He was sub-sequently elected a Fellow from the Museums Association of England, and awarded a Senior Fellowship from the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, a Japan Foundation Fellow-ship, and a Fellowship from the Pacific Cultural Foundation, Republic of China, with Research Grants from Germany and the Royal Govt. of Thailand. Prof. Bhattacharyya's teaching assignments include Lectureships and as Principal of a College in West Bengal, Lectureship at the School of Archaeology, New Delhi, Hony. Lecturership at the Calcutta University and a Visiting Professorship at the National University and the University of Chinese Culture in the Republic of China.

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