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  • Description

    An irregularly-shaped polished garnet bead.

  • Date

    • 1stC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 8 millimetres
    • Width: 5 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    From relic deposits 'Box 6', tray South Kensington Museum no.1121/India Museum no.4: 'Beads and fragments of metal'. A.W. Franks' 1880 accession list records 'Small beads, weight [crossed out], square coins &c.' The tray is also said to have contained Masson's original label: ‘6 coins extracted from Janni tope of Duroonter [i.e. Bimaran stupa 5] by a blacksmith & purchased from him’, which was found c.1995 in 'Box 4'.
    E. Errington: This bead (1880.3885.a) is the same as the four beads registered 1880.3884.e, which suggests they were all part of the same original deposit. Within tray no.1121/4, 1880.3885.c-e, j-l, o appear to be from Hadda Stupa 10; 1880.3885.a-b, f-h are probably from Bimaran Stupa 2; 1880.3885.i may be from Chahar Bagh Stupa 5; 1880.3885.m-n, p may be from Deh Rahman Stupa 1; and 1880.3885.q may be from Wardak Stupa 1. This, together with the fact that the three amethyst beads 1880.3884.g, seemingly from Bimaran Stupa 2, were also found in different trays, suggests that the contents of the various trays in 'Box 6' have become mixed up at some point. See also 1880.3887.a-b, 1880.3888.b. For other uncut, polished garnet beads of the same type, see also 1880.3884.e, 1880.3893.n-p, 1880.4109.m.


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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated between November 1833 and April 1834 (Masson MSS Eur. E161/VII, ff.1-2).

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  • Additional IDs

    • 1121 (South Kensington Museum no.)
    • 4 (India Museum no.)
An irregularly-shaped polished garnet bead.



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