Examples of clothing and styles in ancient India

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Fragment of a plaque showing an elephant being attached by a winged lion. A man standing close to the elephant holds a sword in order to strike the lion on the left side of the man there is visible the head of a second lion. - 2nd BC

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Standing female figure wrapping her entire body with a sari. It is made with grey clay and painted black.
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A beautiful small terracotta head. The headdress is supported by a plain fillet. There are round applied earrings on the ears too. 2nd BC

 

Aupmanyav

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Jun 2014
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New Delhi, India
this image seems so interesting, is it early sheesha/hookah? i didn't notice it closely before but the female seem to be holding a design very similar to present day sheesha. Even more insteresting is, its from before christian era/shunga era.
Point to note: Since at that time tobacco had not come to the old world, it has to be charas/ganja (Marijuana) or opium. Your views?
 
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Point to note: Since at that time tobacco had not come to the old world, it has to be charas/ganja (Marijuana) or opium. Your views?
the mughal accounts also indicate that hookah was used before tobacco came to india

In the Indian city of Fatehpur Sikri, Roman Catholic missionaries of the Society of Jesus arriving from the southern part of the country introduced tobacco to the Mughal emperor Akbar the Great (1542–1605 AD).[40] Louis Rousselet writes that the physician of Akbar, Hakim Aboul Futteh Ghilani, then invented the hookah in India.[10][41][42] However, a quatrain of Ahlī Shirazi (d. 1535), a Persian poet, refers to the use of the ḡalyān (Falsafī, II, p. 277; Semsār, 1963, p. 15), thus dating its use at least as early as the time of the Shah Ṭahmāsp I. It seems, therefore, that Abu’l-Fath Gilani should be credited with the introduction of the ḡalyān, already in use in Persia, into India.[43] There is, however, no evidence of the existence of the water pipe until the 1560s. Moreover, tobacco is believed to have arrived in India in the 17th century, until then cannabis was smoked in India, so that suggests another substance was probably smoked in Ahlī Shirazi's quatrain, perhaps through some other method.[44]