Irregularly shaped, cabochon-cut rhodolite (garnet).
- 1stC (circa)
- Made in: Afghanistan
- Excavated/Findspot: Bimaran Stupa 2
- (Asia,Afghanistan,Darunta,Bimaran,Bimaran Stupa 2)
- Length: 13 millimetres
- Width: 8 millimetres
- Height: 6 millimetres
Found in relic deposits 'Box 7', tray South Kensington Museum no.1104/India Museum no.14. For documentation, see 1880.3893.a. Gemstone analysed by L. Joyner, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research in 2002 (BMRL no.7277-14-W; using a Raman microscope) and identified as garnet - rhodolite (almandine-rich).
E. Errington: This appears to be too large to be one of four garnets now missing of the original 24 inset in two rows on the Bimaran Casket (1900,0209.1). Masson moreover records that only one of the stones 'in the lower line, fallen out of its position, will be found in the box' containing the reliquary which he sent to the East India Company in December 1834 (MSS Eur. E161/VII, f.16), see 1880.3885.b. For other finds from BImaran Stupa 2, see also 1880.27, 1880.3691, 1880.3695, 1880.3696, 1880.3851, 1880.3855, 1880.3982, 1900,0209.1; IOC 201-IOC.204.
Excavated between November 1833 and April 1834 (Masson MSS Eur. E161/VII, ff.1-2).
- 1104 (South Kensington Museum no.)
- 14 (India Museum no.)
- 7277-16-N (British Museum Research lab. no.)
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Object reference number: RRI45941
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