Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by panzerman, Sep 22, 2021.
Struck by unknown Ruler cira 950-1150AD
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@panzerman ....Nice gold piece...But what is the obverse depicting?
That is a good question/ I think nobody has a clue on what it is?????
A rare moment where I have something to contribute to a thread from @panzerman
Here's my 1 Massa coin 'Piloncito' from the Sailendra/Sri Vijayan kingdoms.
Incused Lingam with Nagari legend 'Tha' on the reverse.
Circa late 8th century
From Mataram/Medang Kingdom of central Java ruled by the Sailendra dynasty, they develpoed the Hindu/Buddhist culture in the Southeast Asia, they also intermarried with the Sri Vijayans of Sumatra (whom would be later invaded by the Cholas in the 11th century).
Yes, it i actually memorial to “A Hot Mess”.
Super cool panzerman, congrats on the buy! Your piece is quite overweight too, the two denominations it sits between is the AV Massa at 2.4g and the AV Atak at 1.2g.
The obverse of this type (and most surviving Javanese gold piloncito coins) bears a corrupted image which has been abstracted from a purnakalasha (vase of plenty) which is a holy image in Buddhism. The connection of the unclear/damaged face of these coins with the purnakalasha is currently unpublished but I have ran across a handful of examples which depict the evolution. It's pretty odd that the religious image was so quickly degraded into meaningless lines and gashes on nearly all examples (95%+) and continued to be minted for centuries without the purnakalasha making a reappearance in good image.
my guess is the European equivalent of a cornucopia, but with the Asian one it’s more like a pot!
Yep exactly! The purnakalasha pot is actually a pretty common motif on the Buddhist/Hindu coins of SE Asia and they appear on coins from present-day Bangladesh, Thailand, and Indonesia. I'll include some pictures below from my WIP website which show some of the early coins of Southeast Asia which bear the purnakalasha. Please note that some details are incomplete or possibly incorrect.
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