Kushan Mystique

November 29, 2020
Kushan Mystique

Kushan Mystique is in part a personal narrative, and in part aprofile of people and places encountered as a result of DavidJongeward's Kushan research and travels. The story begins in alakeside cottage in northern California where the author describescircumstances leading to his departure from a career in culturalanthropology to a slowly evolving interest in the ancient historyof Central Asia, eventually specialising in Kushan coinage and theBuddhist sculpture of Gandhara. The narrative includes accounts ofmeetings with collectors and curators and other specialists,detailed descriptions of Mr. Jongeward's museum-based research, aswell as his visits to major archaeological sites in Pakistan thatdate to the Kushan era. The book includes discussions on thesuccession of Kushan kings and the Kushan pantheon of deities.