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Reliquary box with lotus design

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
India: Kushan period mid 1st century–early 5th century
1st century
schist, contents gold
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.
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
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