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Book: Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion

Chapter: 2. “Pagoda Tree”: Plants and Other Foliate Motifs on Indians Coins through History

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.30829


chapter, Shailendra Bhandare examines the way in which the

rich symbolism of trees and foliate motives appear on Indian coinage pertaining

to two historical periods: ancient India (from c. the fifth century

bce to the fifth century ce) and the Islamic period. This, the author argues,

demonstrates an interesting continuity in the tradition of representation

of Indian flora.

Chapter Contributors

  • Shailendra Bhandare ( - SBhandare ) 'Ashmolean Museum (University of Oxford)'