Relic casket

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Acquired in 1921 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Willis, Michael. Buddhist Reliquaries from Ancient India. London : British Museum Press, 2000. ISBN 0 7141 1492 8. pp. 74-5, No. 6 and fig. 61.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
0204-12-31
date_start
date_text
ca. 200-100 BC (made)
descriptive_line
Mottled steatite, Sanchi, Stupa No. 2, c. 200-100 BC
dimensions
Height: 4.1 cm, Diameter: 6.6 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Found about 1851 by Gen. Maisey and Gen. Cunningham, in the Stupa No. 2, at Sanchi, Bhopal State, Central India, the casket may date from about the year 200 B.C., although the stupa in which it was discovered was not built, probably, till after the year 185 B.C.; or it may date from later in the second century B.C. contemporary with the foundation of the stupa. Two pieces of calcined bone from the steatite relic-casket were handed over to Mr Perera, Deputy High Commissioner for Ceylon in the U.K, on the 27th of January1958. The other two pieces of calcined bone from this casket appear to have been handed over to Professor M.S Sundarain, Education Counsellor at the Indian High Commission, on 18th June 1958, the Ministry of Education in London having suggested that all Buddhist relics from Sanchi and Sonari still in the V&A should be offered to the Indian Government (see also under IM219 &221-1921).
id
24915
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:02:47.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:02:47.000Z
latitude
location
In Storage
longitude
marks
materials
materials_techniques
Steatite
museum_number
IM.218-1921
museum_number_token
im2181921
object_number
O24890
object_type
Sculpture
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Relic casket of mottled steatite, turned on the lathe, containing four small pieces of calcined bone. Flattened globular shape, with small chattra-like disc on the cover. The only ornament consists of a few concentric rings. On the outsides of the body and the cover, and the inside of the cover, are the three following Pali inscriptions, written in the early Brahmi characters : -Inside the cover, 'Sapurisa(sa) Majhimasa', i.e. [the relics] of the Emancipate Kasapagota (kasayapagotra) the Teacher of the whole Hemawanta (Himalaya region). Outside the body, 'Sapurisasa Haritiputasa,' i.e., [the relics] of the Emancipated Haritiputa (Haritiputra) After the Council of Patna, convened in the 18th year of the reign of the Emperor Asoka (B.C. 273-232), the Arhats Kasayapagotra and Majhima with three other missionaries went to the Central Himalayan District (Hemavate) to spread the newly coordinated Buddhist doctrine in those parts. Fragments of the bones of these two saints were formerlycontained in this casket. As to Haritiputra, nothing certain is known of him, but he may have been one of the Council of Patna, or possibly a missionary.
place
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2006AP1041
production_note
Sanchi, Bhopal State, Madhya Pradesh, India
production_type
public_access_description
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
relic-casket-sculpture-unknown
sys_updated
2014-01-21T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Relic casket
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
204
year_start
-100