INDIA, MYSORE, Kanthirava Narasa (1638-62) Gold fanam. EXTRAORDINARY!

Ancient Coins - INDIA, MYSORE, Kanthirava Narasa (1638-62) Gold fanam. EXTRAORDINARY!
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Obverse Narasimha (Lion-faced Vishnu) seated facing, holding a chakra in each upper hand.
Reverse Partially visible Devanagari legend: Sri / Kamthi / rava
Date c. 1638-62
Weight 0.38 gm.
Diameter 5-6 mm.
Die axis 5 o'clock
Reference MNI 958, MSI 910-11
Comments The "Kanthirava" fanam of Kanthirava Narasa is one of the few Indian coins whose image can be directly related to a known piece of sculpture ... in this case, the famous statue of Narasimha at the Vijayanagar capital of Hampi (see photo below).

This coin is a SUPERB specimen, the second-best I've seen (the best is squirelled away in my own collection!). The key is the realistic face, where the dots representing the face are not in vertical lines but flared towards the bottom to reflect the shape of Narasimha's face in the Hampi statue. Note also the strap around the knees, as on the Hampi statue, used by yogis to hold their meditation posture. There is also a very recognizable partial legend (the full legend never appears on these coins as it is too long for the tiny flan). An EXTRAORDINARY coin!
Ancient Coins - INDIA, MYSORE, Kanthirava Narasa (1638-62) Gold fanam. EXTRAORDINARY!
Precio SKU: 184.73
US$ 125.00
  • € 104.29
  • £ 90.51
  • AUD 161.22
  • CHF 114.84
  • CAD 156.29

Cotización al: 04/18/21

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