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reliquary

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1887,0717.15.a

  • Description

    A steatite reliquary in three constituent parts comprising two chambers, one a large round lower area and the other a small round upper chamber with a high, pointed lid.

  • Date

    • 2ndC BC
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 14 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Zwalf 1985

    South-east of Sāñcī, in an area rich in 'stūpa' clusters, there were once thirty 'stūpas' at Bhojpur village alone. In a surviving 'stūpa' the relic chamber contained a red earthenware box and inside it this most graceful reliquary. Like others it has more than one compartment, a larger at the bottom and another, much smaller, above. Both contain fragments of human bone and teeth.

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  • Bibliography

    • Willis 2000 24 bibliographic details
    • Zwalf 1985 3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    Buddhism: Art and Faith (BM 1985)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1887

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1887,0717.15.a

A steatite reliquary in three constituent parts comprising two chambers, one a large round lower area and the other a small round upper chamber with a high, pointed lid.

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