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Kushan Empire, Kanishka I the Great, c. 127 – 150 A.D.
According to the Rabatak inscription, Kanishka I the Great was the son of Vima Kadphises, the grandson of Sadashkana, and the great-grandson of Kujula Kadphises. Kanishka ruled a huge territory, nearly all of northern India, south to Ujjain and Kundina and east beyond Pataliputra. His territory was administered from two capitals: Purushapura (now Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan) and Mathura, in northern India. The Kushans also had a summer capital in Bagram (then known as Kapisa), where the "Begram Treasure," comprising works of art from Greece to China, was found. He is also credited (along with Raja Dab) for building the massive fort, Qila Mubarak, in the modern city of Bathinda in Indian Punjab. Kanishka's conquests and patronage of Buddhism played an important role in the development of the Silk Road, and in the transmission of Mahayana Buddhism from Gandhara across the Karakoram range to China. Kanishka's reign began a calendar era used by the Kushans for about a century, until the decline of the realm.
WA87811. Bronze tetradrachm
, ANS Kushan
520, Mitchiner ACW
3079, Göbl Kushan
774, VF, well centered
, dark brown tone, some porosity
, Kapisha main mint, probably Begram mint, weight
17.143g, maximum diameter
27.0mm, die axis
, c. 127 – 150 A.D.; obverse
: þAO KANHþKI (King
standing facing, with a long beard, nimbate
, diademed, wearing a pointed brimmed cap, knee length tunic, trousers and boots, sword in sheath on belt, sacrificing over altar
left from right hand, vertical spear in left hand; reverse
lunar god Mao standing half left, head
left, wearing diadem with two long ties, crescent emerging from shoulders forming halo, wearing long cloak over shoulders clasped at chest over ankle length tunic, raising right hand in blessing, left hand resting on hilt of sword in sheath on belt, tamgha left, Bactrian legend
right MAO downward on right; $125.00
Catalog current as of Monday, March 25, 2019.
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