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.
Kushan period mid 1st century - early 5th century
schist, contents gold
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.
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019
Referenced in 3 publications
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
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 28 (colour illus.).
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