Indian Shipping: A History of the Sea-Borne Trade and Maritime Activity of the Indians from the Earliest Times (1912)

Indian Shipping A History of the Sea Borne Trade and Maritime Activity of the Indians from the Earliest Times Purchase of this book includes free trial access to million books where you can read than a million books for free This is an OCR edition with typos Excerpt from book CHAPTER II Direct Evidences From

  • Title: Indian Shipping: A History of the Sea-Borne Trade and Maritime Activity of the Indians from the Earliest Times (1912)
  • Author: Radhakumud Mookerji Brajendranath Seal
  • ISBN: 9781120299529
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • Purchase of this book includes free trial access to million books where you can read than a million books for free This is an OCR edition with typos Excerpt from book CHAPTER II Direct Evidences From Indian Sculpture, Painting, And Coins The conclusions pointed to by these literary evidences seem further to be supported by other kinds of evidence mainly mPurchase of this book includes free trial access to million books where you can read than a million books for free This is an OCR edition with typos Excerpt from book CHAPTER II Direct Evidences From Indian Sculpture, Painting, And Coins The conclusions pointed to by these literary evidences seem further to be supported by other kinds of evidence mainly monumental in their character They are derived from old Indian art from Indian sculpture and painting and also from Indian coins These evidences, though meagre in comparison with the available literary evidences, native and foreign alike, have, however, a compensating directness and freshness, nay, the permanence which Art confers, creating things of beauty that remain a joy for ever Indeed, the light that is thrown on ancient Indian shipping by old Indian art is not yet extinguished, thanks to the durable character of old Indian monuments, thanks also to the labours of the Archaeological Department for their preservation and maintenance There are several representations of ships and boats in old Indian art The earliest of them are those to be found among the Sanchi sculptures belonging to an age so far back as the 2nd century B.c One of the sculptures on the Eastern Gateway of No 1 Stupa at Sanchi represents a canoe made up of rough planks rudely sewn together by hemp SCULPTURES FROM THE SANCHI STUPAS To face p 32 or string It represents a river or a sheet of fresh water with a canoe crossing it, and carrying three men in the ascetic priestly costume, two propelling and steering the boat, and the central figure, with hands resting on the gunwale, facing towards four ascetics, who are standing in reverential attitude at the water s edge below l According to Sir A Cunningham,2 the figures in the boat represent Sakya Buddha and his two principal followers and Buddha himself has been compared in many Buddhist writings to a boat and oar in the vast ocean of li

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