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Kushan Empire, Kanishka I the Great, c. 127 - 150 A.D.
Oesho was a deity represented on the coins of several Kushan kings, one of the titular deities of the dynasty. Nearly all of the images of Oesho are on coins, suggesting his worship was a royal cult, not widely followed by the kings' subjects. Oesho was the only deity depicted on coins of Wima Kadphises, where he is portrayed with an erect lingam and is accompanied by a bull. Under Vasudeva I the iconography varied, with the god depicted with either two or four arms (holding a diadem, thunderbolt, trident and water pot), and one or three heads. The bull, water-pot, and trident became key attributes of Shiva in later Hindu art.
WA87812. Bronze tetradrachm
, ANS Kushan
553, Göbl Kushan
781, Mitchiner ACW
3093, VF, excellent reverse
detail, dark brown toning
, earthen encrustations, obverse
off center, edge crack, Kapisha main mint, probably Begram mint, weight
16.644g, maximum diameter
26.9mm, die axis
, c. 128 - 150 A.D.; obverse
: þAO KANHþKI (King
standing facing, with a long beard, nimbate
, diademed, wearing a round 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
god Oesho (resembles Shiva) standing facing, four-arms, nimbate head
left, hair in a topknot; wears bracelets, armlets and amulet
string across chest; holding attributes: diadem, thunderbolt, trident and water pot; tamgha left, Bactrian legend
OHþO on right; ex ECIN; SOLD
Catalog current as of Sunday, May 19, 2019.
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