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 18126.96.36.1999); 1 inscribed siver disc (18188.8.131.52); a piece of broken amber, a small coin-like flattened gold ball and a small piece of knotted twine (18184.108.40.206a).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.
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: RRI223
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.