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Ellen Raven

Guest Assistant Professor

Dr. E.M. Raven
+31 71 527 2727

Ellen Raven is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies and recently retired.

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Fields of interest

Visual arts and material culture of South Asia and related cultural areas


On iconographpy and numismatics of India, in particular of the earlier period.

Teaching activities


  • Introduction of the arts of India
  • Iconography of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism
  • Buddhist Art in Asia (coord. + contrib.)
  • Temple architecture
  • Ancient history (contrib. classes on numismatics)


  • research seminar on narratives (jointly)
  • literature seminar 'What art is in Asia' (jointly)


Raven, E.M. (ed.). 2008. South Asian Archaeology 1999: proceedings of the fifteenth internationalconference of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists, held at the Universiteit Leiden, 5-9 July, 1999. Groningen: Egbert Forsten (Gonda Indological Studies 15)

Romany, D. & E.M. Raven (eds) 2008. A vision of splendour: Indian heritage in the photographs of Jean Philippe Vogel, 1901-1913, by Gerda Theuns-de Boer. Ahmedabad / Hidden Meadows / Leiden: Mapin / Grantha / The Kern Institute.

Theuns-de Boer, G.and E.M. Raven 2007. ‘On the Indo-Afghan border': the Gandhara album revisited. In J. van Krieken (ed.), Art and archaeology of Afghanistan: its fall and survival, pp. 103-125. Leiden/Boston:Brill.

Raven, E.M. 2006. Kusana echoes and the 'Indianization' of early Gupta gold coin design. In F. De Romanis & S. Sorda (eds), Dal denarius al dinar: l'Oriente et la moneta Romana ; Atti dell'Incontro di Studio, Roma 16-18 settembre 2004, pp. 201-237. Roma: Istituto Italiano di Numismatica.

Raven, E.M. 2006. A ring for the king. Journal of Bengal Art 9-10:71-88.

Raven, E.M. 2005. Candragupta II, the Lion-Slayer. In C. Jarrige and V. Lefevre (eds), South Asian Archaeology 2001: proceedings of the sixteenth international conference of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists, held in College de France, Paris, 2-6 July 2001, pp. 615-622. Paris: Editions Recherche sur les Civilisations.

Raven, E.M. 2004. Kings in copper. In: H.T. Bakker (ed.), The Vakataka heritage: Indian culture at the crossroads, pp. 19-31. Groningen: Egbert Forsten.

Balasubramaniam,R., M.I. Dass & E.M. Raven 2004. The original image atop the Delhi iron pillar. Indian Journal of History of Science 39/2:177-203.

Raven, E.M. & H.I. Lassschuijt (eds) 2002. ABIA South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology index, volume two (in two parts). Leiden/Boston: Brill.

Raven, E.M. (ed.) 2002. Afghanistan: picking up the pieces. IIAS Newsletter 27:8-16.

Raven, E.M. 2001. Defining Gupta mint idioms: the Chattra (Parasol) Type coins of Candragupta II. In: M.J. Klokke and K.R. van Kooij (eds), Fruits of inspiration: studies in honour of prof.dr J.G. de Casparis, retired professor of the Early History and Archeology of South and Southeast Asia at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, on the occasion of his 85th birthday, pp. 389-405. Groningen: Egbert Forsten.

Raven, E.M. 2001. Review. [Bespreking van: J. Cribb, Magic coins of Java, Bali and the Malay Peninsula: thirteenth to twentieth century ; a catalogue based on the Raffles collection of coin-shaped charms from Java in the British Museum. London: British Museum Press, (1999)]. In: Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 157:200-208.

Raven, E.M., M.J. Klokke and K.R. van Kooij (eds) 1998. ABIA South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology index, vol. 1. London/New York: Kegan Paul.

Guest Assistant Professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS India en Tibet


  • No relevant ancillary activities
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