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Early Indian Symbols
Numismatic Evidence 
Author : Savita Sharma
ISBN : 978-81-7320-185-1
Edition : 1990
Language : English
Size & Pages : 29 cm, P.P. 404, Illus.
Publisher : Agam Kala Prakashan
Format : Hardbound
Price : Rs. 3450/-


The Book

Art and Religion are two characteristic manifestations of any civilization and a study of these aspects in facts a real peep in the life of the people and society, both in time and space. Symbols have always represented an important and revealing expression of Art

and Beliefs. These continue to do so even now.

In the Indian context, that symbols are usually assigned specific sectarian affiliations but the present study shows that it is not always so as the symbols have different contextual meaning and transcedental character. And endeavour has been made in the book “Early Indian Symbols: Numismatic Evidences” to make a detailed study and critical assessment of the origin and developments of some of the important symbols, such as, Surya, Svastika, Chakra, Srivats etc.

While numismatic evidences have been thoroughly examined, other archaeological materials and literary sources have also   been referred to in support to the book. The development of forms of different symbols has been classified and show through charts and tables. The inclusion of some of the anthropomorphic forms of early Indian and foreign details has further added to the value of this book. In view of its scientific presentation based on intensive analysis, the book is an important and significant contribution in the field of Indian History and culture in all its wider ramifications.


The Author


Dr. Savita Sharma is well known for her wide and in depth studies in the field of Indian Numismatics. An alumna of Banaras Hindu University, where Late Prof A.S. Altekar foundation of serious researches in this area of historical sources, the author did her Ph.D. in 1985. She chose and Interdisciplinary topic to explore the impact of art and religion in the society on the basis of symbols on coins and seals etc. She has been contributing regularly articles and research papers in various journals and other volumes. She is presently involved in editing Dr. Parmeshwari Lal Gupta Felicitation Volume along with Dr. W.D Mac Dowell of U.K. A fellow of Royal Numismatics Society, London (U.K), and Dr. Savita Sharma has visited Sri Lanka, Indonesia and U.K. in connection with her academic Pursuits. She is presently on the curatorial staff of Bharat Kala Bhawan   (a renowned museum of art & Archaeology) Banaras Hindu University and is in -charge of its huge coins collection.

The present book is the outcome of serious researches on one of the vital aspects of Indian Numismatics. All the drawing and charts have been drawn and papered by the author himself. 








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