Chandraketugarh : A Lost Civilization

Gourishankar De and Shubhradip De, Sagnik Books, 2004, 109 p, 34 photos, $53.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Chandraketugarh : A Lost Civilization/Gourishankar De and Shubhradip De

Contents: I. Art and art motifs: 1. Vedic motif. 2. A unique Mauryan figurine. 3. A Jina image. 4. Woman with bird motif. 5. Lady with mirror motif. 6. Apsaras Panchachuda. 7. Asvamukhi Yakshi. 8. Tiger divinities. 9. Jatakas in terracotta art. 10. Narrative plaques. 11. Musical world. 12. Atlas motif. 13. Fish motif. 14. Pots, pitchers and lamps. 15. Peacock motif. 16. Plant motif. 17. Dhanyadevi. 18. Rice: a symbol of fertility. 19. Lotus motif. 20. Amber, Rome and Chandraketugarh. II. Coins: 1. Introduction. 2. Coins of the early period. 3. The plastic depiction of coins. 4. A rare punch-marked coin. 5. The homso-sign coins. 6. A unique copper-cast coin. 7. Ship motif. 8. Fish symbol. 9. Kushana coin. 10. Gupta coin. 11. Marriage type coin. 12. Archer-type coin of Skanda Gupta. 13. A silver coin.

"Bengal, a land of rivers and the home of a wonderful ancient culture, was marked by flourishing cities and ports both in the pre-Christian and post-Christian days. Chandraketugarh is one of these spots. According to R.D. Banerjee, it was one of the oldest archaeological sites in India. Unfortunately, little justice has been done to the place and the civilization of Chandraketugarh is still largely shrouded in mystery. Even the very name Chandraketugarh, instead of disclosing its identity, only clouds the hoary antiquity the place.

The present work is a serious attempt to explain the motifs and symbols of the lost civilization of Chandraketugarh which now survives only through her unparalleled terracotta art and other antiquities." (jacket)

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