finger-ring / bezel
Silver mount inset with a cabochon cut cornelian, which retains traces of solder on the back for its attachment to a ring shank.The solder marks on the back moreover correspond to the flattened ends of the silver ring shank 1880.3883.b, suggesting that the bezel and shank may have originally formed part of the same finger-ring.
- 5thC (late) (found with coins of this date)
- Made in: Afghanistan
- Excavated/Findspot: Hadda Stupa 10
- (Asia,Afghanistan,Hadda,Hadda Stupa 10)
- Height: 11 millimetres
- Width: 12 millimetres
Found in relic deposits 'Box 6', in an unnumbered India Museum tray which contained the smaller India Museum tray no.53/South Kensington Museum no.1077 and the loose label 'No.69'. The actual India Museum tray no.69/South Kensington Museum no.1117 was located in 'Box 2' (see 1880.3980a). E. Errington: The bezel better fits within the description for South Kensington Museum tray no.1064: 'An ornament made of cornelians [sic] and a number of beads, &c.', It is unlikely that the 'ornament' refers to the cornelian lion bead 1880.3536, as it had already been recognised (incorrectly) by Wilson as a bull (1841, p.52, fig.6, pl.I.6). If the complete finger-ring comprises this bezel with shank 1880.3883.b, it may be identified as the 'silver ring, set with plain carnelian' (MSS Eur. E161/VII, f.9), but in Wilson 1841, p.109, this is amended to 'silver ring set with gem', which could refer to 1880.3886.c.
Excavated 1st-15th July 1834 (Bombay Political Proceedings 1835, No.3, 15th July).
- 1064 (?) (South Kensington Museum no.)
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