Sanskrit: An introduction to the classical language . By Michael Coulson. (Teach Yourself Books.) pp. xxx, 493. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1976. £2.95.

@article{Smith1978SanskritAI,
  title={Sanskrit: An introduction to the classical language . By Michael Coulson. (Teach Yourself Books.) pp. xxx, 493. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1976. £2.95.},
  author={John D. Smith},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain \& Ireland},
  year={1978},
  volume={110},
  pages={177 - 178}
}
  • John D. Smith
  • Published 1 April 1978
  • Art
  • Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland
The kindest verdict on this book can only be "not proven", for the evidence really will not support the construction placed upon it. Das Gupta starts with the representation of the vajra in Tibetan and other Buddhist art and proceeds via the Gandharan representations (with a sideways look at Zeus' thunderbolt) to an analysis of Vedic references, before briefly looking at the "anthropomorphic figures" of the Gangetic Copper Hoards, which it is his contention are the remains of actual vajra…