An image of Reliquary box with lotus design

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Reliquary box with lotus design

Location
Not on display
Further information

This rare box is in remarkable condition and still contains its precious relics, most likely because it was preserved inside a stupa. The contents are essentially intact and comprise the gold finial of a stupa (consisting of a square entablature, or 'harmika', and parasol), a small round gold box filled with tiny beads and rock dust, and a larger round copper box, the contents of which have been removed.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.28.

Place of origin
Ancient Gandhara, Pakistan
Period
India: Kushan period mid 1st century–early 5th century
Year
1st century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
schist, contents gold
Dimensions
8.7 cm diam. :
a - base; 7.3 x 8.7 cm; [preserved inside box]
b - lid; 1.4 x 5.3 cm; [preserved inside box]
c - gold piece; [preserved inside box]
d - gold piece
e - gold piece
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
28.2000.a-e