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Kulu Vase

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Kulu Vase
  • Description

    Vase. Globular-bodied vase with a plain, flat foot and high neck with broad everted lip, made probably of high-tin content bronze and decorated with a procession of chariots, elephants, horsemen and courtly figures with musical instruments. At the shoulder the vase is decorated with rows of engraved chevrons, parallel lines, and a circle-and-dot pattern. The lip is broken away and only a small fragment (complete to the outer edge) remains glued to to the intact neck.


  • Date

    • 1stC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.2 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Willis 2000 (fig.20.) bibliographic details
    • Horne 1871 bibliographic details
    • Errington & Cribb 1992 163 bibliographic details
    • Rowland 1977 pp.106-7 bibliographic details
    • Birdwood 1880 pp.154-55, pl.12 bibliographic details
    • Rapin 1996 pp.67-71 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    '...discovered by Major Hay, in 1857, at Kundlah [ie Gondla] in Kulu, where a landslip had exposed the ancient Buddhist cell in which it had been lying for 1,500 years'. (Birdwood 1880, 154). The findspot (Gondla) was formerly in Kangra District of Punjab state.

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  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: The Kulu vase


COMPASS Title: The Kulu vase

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