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  • Description

    Jewellery. Four flower shaped beads made of sapphires inset into gold. Four shell shaped beads made of gold. Strung on wire.

  • Date

    • 2ndC (about)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 13.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Zwalf 1985

    During the restoration of the Mahābodhi temple in 1880-81 a ball of clay was found below the Enlightenment Throne inside the temple. It contained coins, gold, silver, precious and semiprecious stones. This selection consists of coin impressions made into a pendant, gold flowers, some with a central sapphire, imitation conches, and patterned discs and buttons. The coin impressions are taken from an issue of Huviṣka (2nd century AD), and the silver punch-marked coins also found are older but could still have been current in Kuṣāṇa times. A stratification is reported, but the level at which the deposit lay cannot be dated since a redeposition during one of many rebuildings and restorations in antiquity is possible.


  • Bibliography

    • Zwalf 1985 14 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    Buddhism: Art and Faith (BM 1985)

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Jewellery ( Made of sapphires inset gold.

Jewellery ( Made of sapphires inset gold.

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