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Coin of Huvishka

Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Diam. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, 1898
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235
The Great Kushan rulers minted these gold coins in the second and early third centuries. They follow a Roman weight standard, and the rulers present themselves in relation to a range of Near Eastern and South Asian deities, such as the Shiva on the reverse of Vasudeva's coin.
Inscription: inscription along edge of obverse and reverse of coin, in Kharosthi
Joseph H. Durkee , New York and Paris (by d. 1898; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pala-Sena Period," 2007.

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