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Title

Reliquary box with lotus design

1st century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Ancient Gandhara Pakistan
    Period
    Kushan period mid 1st century - early 5th century
    Date
    1st century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    schist, contents gold
    Dimensions

    a - base, 7.3 x 8.7 cm

    b - lid, 1.4 x 5.3 cm

    c - gold piece, [preserved inside box]

    d - gold piece, [preserved inside box]

    e - gold piece, [preserved inside box]

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    28.2000.a-e
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications