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Title

Reliquary box with lotus design

1st century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Ancient Gandhara Pakistan


Date

1st century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

schist, contents gold


Dimensions

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

28.2000.a-e



Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Martin Lerner and Steven Kossak, The lotus transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian art from the Samuel Eilenberg collection, 'The Lotus Transcendent, pg. 77, New York, 1991, 77. cat.no. 43

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 28 (colour illus.).

Pratapaditya Pal, Orientations, 'Sensuous Spirituality: Hindu and Buddhist Art from the Indic Cultural Realm', pg. 80-87, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 83 (colour illus.). fig.5