Skip to content

Collection

All

Search

Asian art

View More:


Title

Reliquary stupa


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Originally a funeral mound, constructed either to commemorate a great person or to house his relics, the stupa is the quintessential symbol of the Buddha. While architectural stupas serve as places of worship, smaller ones are used as reliquaries and votive offerings.The veneration accorded a reliquary stupa is determined by its size, rarity and preciousness of the materials from which it is made, such as gold, rock crystal, or silver. This stupa contains a reliquary containing a small gold stupa inside it. The whole ensemble would have been placed within at least one other case, perhaps of stone, before being placed at the base of an architectural stupa.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2013.


Details


Place where the work was made

Swat Valley Ancient Gandhara Pakistan


Date

1st century-3rd century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

crystal, gold, copper and pearls


Dimensions

28.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 2007


Location

Not on display


Accession number

287.2007.a-j



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2007-08, Sydney, 2008, 18 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Look, 'The Stupa', pg.27, Sydney, Mar 2008, 27 (colour illus.).