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Glory of the Kushans

Jayaswal, Vidula [Hrsg.]:
Glory of the Kushans : Recent Discoveries and Interpretations / ed. by Vidula Jayaswal. - New Delhi : Aryan Books International, 2012. - xvi, 456 S. : Ill., Kt.
ISBN 978-81-7305-427-3
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The advent of Kushans in the Indian subcontinent is a significant historical event. It is suggestive of such processes and factors which shaped early historic cultural milieu of India in particular and Asia in general. The Kushan kings played an important part in the ancient history of India and Central Asia, worthy contemporaries of the three great world powers of the early centuries of the first millennium AD, the Roman Empire, the Han Empire of China and the Arsacid and Sasanian Empires of Iran. During the first four centuries of the millennium, they controlled a vital space between these empires, acting the role of entrepreneurs in international trade and restoring unified rule to northern India. Their patronage of Buddhism enabled it to spread through Central Asia into China. However, in spite of their importance, very little information of their activities has survived into the modern period. This volume is an outcome of the International Seminar entitled, 'Kushan Glory and Its Contemporary Challenges', which was organized by the Bharat Kala Bhavan, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (India), between October 3 and 5, 2008. Most of the papers were presented in the seminar but there are a few which were invited. Inclusion of these were intended to fill the gaps, in the otherwise holistic format of this volume. The 21 contributions of the volume are placed in seven distinct sections covering different themes, viz., (i) Discoveries: Old and Recent; (ii) Hegemony: Kushan Empire and Out-posts; (iii) Chronology and Succession; (iv) Policies and Patronage: Kushan Religion; (v) Architecture and Settlement: Kushan Archaeology; (vi) Art Expressions: Kushan Portraits and Compositions; (vii) Expansion and Continuity: Kushan Styles and Techniques. This strikingly illustrated volume is a significant contribution to the field of Kushan studies and is valuable for students and scholars of history. [Verlagsinformation]

Editor's Note. vii
List of Abbreviations. xiii
List of Contributors. xv
1. Joe Cribb:
Rediscovering the Kushans. 3
2. Savita Sharma:
Recent Discovery of Copper Coins Hoard of Kushan Period from Basani, Varanasi. 57
3. Jeffery D. Lerner:
Eastern Baktria under Da Yuezhi Hegemony. 79
4. Michael Mitchiner:
The Northern Frontier Region of the Kushan Empire. 87
5. Osmund Bopearachchi:
Chronology of the Early Kushans: New Evidence. 123
6. Hans Loeschner:
Kanishka in Context with the Historical Buddha and Kushan Chronology. 137
7. Robert Bracey:
Policy, Patronage, and the Shrinking Pantheon of the Kushans. 197
8. Charles Willemen:
Kaṇiṣka and the Sarvāstivāda Synod. 218
9. Archana Sharma:
Devaputra Kushan. 223
10. Arpita Chatterjee:
Lady Donors and their Contribution to the Religious Institutions in Kushan Period. 231
11. Himanshu Prabha Ray:
Colonial Archaeology and Buddhism: Punjab Plains in the Early Centuries AD. 239
12. C. Margabandhu:
Architectural and Cultural Facets of Kushan Settlement at Sanghol, District Ludhiana, Punjab - A Study on the Basis of Excavated Remains 255.
13. Birendra Pratap Singh:
Kushan Township of Khairadih: An Appraisal of Excavated Remains. 273
14. Vidula Jayaswal and Manoj Kumar:
Urban Traits and Kushan Settlements of Ganga Plain. 297
15. T.K. Biswas and Savita Sharma:
Kushan Portraits. 319
16. Arundhati Banerji:
Vajrapāṇi and Vajra in Kushan Art. 324
17. Maruti Nandan Pd. Tiwari:
Jaina Images of Kushan Period: Study in Mutuality. 334
18. Vidula Jayaswal and Meera Sharma:
Folk Practices and Clay Art of Kushan Period. 343
19. Chhaya Bhattacharya-Haesner:
Khotan: A Kushan Outpost in Central Asia. 361
20. Prashant P. Kulkarni:
Kushan Influence on Gupta Coinage: Continuity and Change. 368
21. Chongfeng Li:
Gandhara, Mathura and Buddhist Sculptures of Mediaeval China. 378
Bibliography. 393
Index. 443


Professor of Archaeology and Ancient Indian History, Dr. (Ms.) Vidula Jayaswal is teaching, supervising and conducting research in Archaeology at the Banaras Hindu University for more than three decades. She has also served the Archaeological Survey of India for a short period. Recipient of various scholarships and fellowships, she received specialized training in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Berkeley. Professor Jayaswal has not only carried out a number of archaeological and ethnological field studies, but has also been prompt in publishing the results. Author of over one and a half dozen books and research monographs and more than sixty research articles, Professor Jayaswal is known for her original contribution in the studies of Indian prehistory, ethno-archaeology, ethno-art history and interpretation of archaeological remains of the historical period. Besides, she could also infuse scientific temper to the study of archaeology, through some major projects financed by the Ford Foundation and the Department of Science & Technology, of which she has been the principal investigator and coordinator. Her important publications include-The Palaeohistory of India, The Kushana Clay Art, Royal Temples of Gupta Period and Ancient Varanasi - An Archaeological Perspective. Profile page.

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