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A small, circular bracteate, made of a double layer of gold sheeting, with the same repoussé image on both sides, showing a diademed goose standing to right, holding a pearl necklace in its beak.
- Production date
- 6thC-7thC (circa)
Diameter: 14.50 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- E. Errington: The motif of a diademed bird with a string of pearls in its beak is found on frescoes of the Buddhist caves of Bamiyan and Qizil in Xinjiang (Seipel 1996, p.334, no.197), dated c. 6th-7th century. The specific representation of a goose (haṃsa) symbolises the wandering soul and, in Buddhism, the propagation of the Doctrine to all realms.
Seipel, W. (1996) Weirauch und Seide. Alte Kulturen an der Seidenstraβe, Vienna.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Either from one of the Wardak stupa deposits or purchased by Masson in Kabul bazaar, 1833-8.
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: IM.Metal.4 (British Museum no.: India Museum collection)