Q. Which of the following is/are have Persian origin/influence?
1.Kharoshthi script
2.Sigloi coins
3.Asoka’s Bell-shaped capitals
Choose the correct answer from below given codes:

[A] 1 only

[B] 1 and 2 only

[C] 2 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

Explanation: The 200 years of Indo-Persian contact resulted in not only political influence, but also socioeconomic acculturation.

  • Along with providing impetus to Indo-Persian trade and commerce, it resulted in forging cultural ties.
  • The introduction of the Kharoshthi script, which was derived from Aramaic (the official script of the Persian empire, written right to left like Arabic) in north-western India is a fine example highlighting the Persian impact.
  • Some of the Ashokan inscriptions in north-western India are written in this script. Persian sigloi-type coins were copied in India.
  • It is possible that the rock inscriptions used by Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE was inspired by the Persian King Darius.
  • The monuments of Ashoka’s time, especially the bell-shaped capitals and the preamble of Ashoka’s edicts, have a lot of Iranian influence.

Source: Poonam Dahiya