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Updated: 14 April 2015
Reliquary casket in two parts, cylindrical in shape; made of gold.
A longer or main cylinder accommodates a shorter cylinder which has a somewhat crushed wall since it could otherwise not have been pushed home; as at the time of discovery, it fits closely and the whole then held a 'thick brown liquid'.
- Made in: Gandhara
- (Asia,South Asia,Pakistan,North West Frontier Province,Peshawar,Gandhara)
- Excavated/Findspot: Manikyala Great Stupa, Foundation deposit
- (Asia,Pakistan,Punjab (Pakistan),Manikyala,Manikyala Great Stupa)
- Length: 10.4 centimetres (main cylinder)
- Length: 3.6 centimetres (shorter cylinder)
- Diameter: 3.5 centimetres (top)
The relic deposit was found within a sealed relic chamber 67 ft below the top of the stupa and 20 ft above ground level. The reliquary was found inside reliquaries 1848,6.2.1 and 2. It contained 1 gold coin of Huvishka (AD153-191) (CM 18188.8.131.529); 1 inscribed siver disc (18184.108.40.206); a piece of broken amber, a small coin-like flattened gold ball and a small piece of knotted twine (18220.127.116.11a).Zwalf 1996:
Found in Ventura's explorations of the Great Stupa at Manikiala (1830), this cylinder was inside BM 1848.0602.2 and contained what were thought to be pieces of broken amber, a gold coin of Huviska, a minute gold coin, a piece of string and, in Prinsep's account but not Ventura's, an inscribed silver disc (BM 1848.0602.3c; diam. 2.3 cm; illustrated). The whole, with BM 1848.0602.2, was contained in BM 1848.0602.1.
1.Gold sheet, hammered. 2.Both parts joined by hammered and soldered overlap along length; tops soldered on. 3.Surface wrinkled and, at opening of shorter length, partly crushed.
Excavated by General Jean-Baptiste Ventura in May 1830, who donated all his finds from the Manikyala Great Stupa to James Prinsep.
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Object reference number: RRI223
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