Book: Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion
Chapter: 2. “Pagoda Tree”: Plants and Other Foliate Motifs on Indians Coins through History
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.