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PRATIHARA: Vinayakapala, Varaha AR Dramma.
« on: May 13, 2018, 09:53:31 AM »
I have this coin with Varaha on one side and a legend on the other. Obviously legend does not read "Srimad Varaha". Coin looks like of debased silver. Please help attribute this coin. Thanks in advance.
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Re: PRATIHARA - identification help needed
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2018, 03:59:49 PM »
Well spotted ! This is not the common Bhoja I "Adivarahah" type. This is the slightly later Vinayakapala type (according to Mitchiner ca 912-944 AD).
The entire inscription here is "Sri ViNa /  YaKa Pa / La DeVa".

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Re: PRATIHARA - identification help needed
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2018, 05:01:15 PM »
A very big thanks Anthony! Great.
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Re: PRATIHARA: Vinayakapala, Varaha AR Dramma.
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2019, 08:48:41 AM »
Here is the image of the Varaha idol kept in Indian Museum,Calcutta. It is of the 10th century, obtained from Basalt, Surajkund, Nalanda, Bihar.
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Re: PRATIHARA: Vinayakapala, Varaha AR Dramma.
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2019, 02:50:47 PM »
Beautifull piece of art, very nicely shows the figure of the deity !
From the picture it is difficult to estimate how large this piece is. Do you know the approximate size ?

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Re: PRATIHARA: Vinayakapala, Varaha AR Dramma.
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2019, 07:46:49 AM »
It is about seven feet in height. It is placed on a pedestal about two and a half foot high. A pic for comparison. (This is another idol of the same size kept next to the one shown previously!)


One thing I wish to highlight is the symbolisation used in this sculpture. Varaha is mythologically the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu intended to raise Mother Earth from the ocean. The female figure that Varaha raises using left elbow and nostril is "Prithvi" that is Goddess Earth. In the first figure, "Sangha" "Chakra", "Gada" and "Padmam" (Conch, Disc, Club and Lotus) are clear. That denotes Vishnu.
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Re: PRATIHARA: Vinayakapala, Varaha AR Dramma.
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2019, 09:59:39 AM »
Magnificent ! This photo really gives you a sense of proportions. Makes the statues even more impressive !

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Re: PRATIHARA: Vinayakapala, Varaha AR Dramma.
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2019, 10:19:15 AM »
Thank you Anthony.
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Re: PRATIHARA: Vinayakapala, Varaha AR Dramma.
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2019, 11:10:02 AM »
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