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reliquary

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1848,0602.3

  • Description

    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'.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC-3rdC
  • Production place

    • Made in: Gandhara term details
    • (Asia,South Asia,Pakistan,North West Frontier Province,Peshawar,Gandhara)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 10.4 centimetres (main cylinder)
    • Length: 3.6 centimetres (shorter cylinder)
    • Diameter: 3.5 centimetres (top)
  • Curator's comments

    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 1847.12.1.259); 1 inscribed siver disc (1848.6.2.4); a piece of broken amber, a small coin-like flattened gold ball and a small piece of knotted twine (1848.6.2.3a).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.

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  • Bibliography

    • Zwalf 1996 666 bibliographic details
    • Prinsep 1834 pl. XXII.21 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G33/Ind/case18

  • Condition

    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.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1847

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated by General Jean-Baptiste Ventura in May 1830, who donated all his finds from the Manikyala Great Stupa to James Prinsep.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1848,0602.3

Reliquary. Tube-like reliquary in two parts, made of hammered gold.

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Reliquary. Tube-like reliquary in two parts, made of hammered gold.

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