Fragment of a thin, flat, oval piece of garnet (?), with a bevelled edge on one side.
- 1stC (circa)
- Made in: Afghanistan
- Excavated/Findspot: Bimaran Stupa 2 (?)
- (Asia,Afghanistan,Darunta,Bimaran,Bimaran Stupa 2)
- Length: 12 millimetres
- Width: 9 millimetres
- Thickness: 1.5 millimetres
Found in relic deposits 'Box 7', tray South Kensington Museum register no.1104/India Museum no.14: 'Fragments of stone ornaments'; A.W. Franks' 1880 inventory: 'Stone beads, ruby &c.'
E. Errington: Masson records that the finds from the relic deposit of Bimaran Stupa 2 included 'beads of burnt coral, numerous burnt pearls and beads of nilam [sapphire], agate, crystal &co.' (1880.3893.b, c, h), and also a loose 'ruby' (i.e. garnet) that had fallen out of the lower register ot the gold reliquary (MSS Eur. E161/VII, f.16; see 1880.3885.b). Masson's sketch (Uncat. MSS, Bundle 1b) of the turquoise heart (1880.3893.k) identifies the group as part of the relic deposit of Bimaran Stupa 2. However, he also records '3 gems (rubies?)' from Hadda stupa 10 (MSS Eur. E161/VII, f.9) and the undocumented 'sundry relics' from Wardak Stupas 1-8 (MSS Eur. E161/VII, f.27) may also have included garnets. 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.)
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