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29 beads of different sizes and material: 8 spherical bone (?) beads (3 decayed, and 5 stained pink, 2 of which are stuck together); 4 tiny seed-pearl beads; 17 ivory beads.
- Production date
- 1stC (circa)
Diameter: 1 - 7 millimetres
- Curator's comments
From relic deposits 'Box 6', tray South Kensington Museum no.1121/India Museum no.4: for documentation, see 1880.3885.a.
E. Errington: Masson does not record specifically finding small ivory or bone beads - of which there are large numbers - at any of the sites. Instead, he variously lists 'sundry beads of coral, pearls &c.' (Bimaran Stupa 2) 'sundry beads &c. of burnt coral &c.' (Bimaran Stupa 4), or 'sundry burnt coral beads &c.' (Passani Stupa 'tumulus' 2; see Uncat. MSS, Bundle 1b). These clearly related descriptions are confined to these three sites. Jacquet, in discussing Honigberger's (q.v.) finds from Bimaran Stupa 3 (1838, pp.175-7) provides a clearer description of the same material as 'dull, whitish pierced stone (calcined coral?)', which appears to describe beads here identified as bone (?) and/or decayed mother-of pearl. Given that tray no.1121/4 seems to contain a mix of finds predominantly from Hadda Stupa 10 (which does not appear to have contained beads of this type) and Bimaran Stupa 2, it is likely that this group of beads is from the latter site. For similar beads, see 1880.3851.e-g, 1880.5855.f-g, 1880.3893.r-v, 1880.3908.j, 1880.3929.h-j, 1880.4102.a, e, g, 1880-4103.a-c, e, 1880.4104.a, c, 1880.4105.b-c, 1880.4110.h. For documentation of similar seed-pearl beads from Tillya Tepe burial 1, see 1880.4102.g.
E. Jacquet, 'Notice sur les découvertes archéologiques faites par M. Honigberger dans l'Afghanistan', Journal Asiatique, 3éme sér. V, 1838, pp.163-97.
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- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1121 (South Kensington Museum no.)
Miscellaneous number: 4 (India Museum no.)