Reliquary

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Acquired in 1921 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Guy, John. Indian Temple Sculpture. London, V&A Publication 2007, p.31, pl. 31. ISBN 971851775095 Willis, Michael. Buddhist Reliquaries from Ancient India. London : British Museum Press, 2000. ISBN 0 7141 1492 8. p. 90 and fig.103.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
date_start
date_text
late 3rd century BC-2nd century BC (made)
descriptive_line
Rock Crystal, Stupa No. 2, Bhojpur (Sanchi), Madhya Pradesh, c.3rd-2nd century BC
dimensions
Height: 9 cm, Width: 11 cm, Depth: 8.5 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
South-East Asia, room 47b
historical_context_note
Miniature stupa relic-holder of carved crystal, in three parts. Found by Gen. Cunningham and Gen. Maisey in about 1851, within a red earthenware box deposited in the relic chamber of the Stupa No. 2 at Sanchi at the deserted village of Bhojpur, 61/2 miles S.E. of Sanchi, Bhopal State, Central India. The date of the relic-holder may be the end of the 3rd century B.C The stupa consists of a flanged-wheel like plinth, sunk in the middle to accommodate the dowel of the hemispherical dome which fits into it. On top of the dome is a square 'harmika' from which rises the double chattra or umbrella. The middle of the dome is pierced with a small perpendicular cylindrical shaft or relic- holder in which were found some minute pieces of bone. The umbrella-pinnacle forms the stopper to this shaft. With this small stupa were also found a series of seven precious things, the usual accompaniment of the relics of an eminent person.
historical_significance
history_note
id
24921
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:02:48.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:02:48.000Z
latitude
23.970791
location
South-East Asia, room 47b, case 1
longitude
78.428879
marks
materials
materials_techniques
Carved rock crystal
museum_number
IM.223-1921
museum_number_token
im2231921
object_number
O24907
object_type
Reliquary
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Reliquary in the shape of a Stupa
place
Madhya Pradesh
primary_image_id
2006AT8937
production_note
Bhojpur (Sanchi), Madhya Pradesh, India
production_type
public_access_description
This miniature rock crystal reliquary is in the form of a Buddhist stupa. Rock crystal, a material of extreme purity, was often used for making containers for sacred relics. This reliquary was excavated in 1851 at Bhojpur, near Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, in central India. The barrel of the stupa is hollow to accomodate small relics, and it would have been capped by an umbrella, a symbol of high rank. It probably dates from the Late Mauryan period, 3rd-2nd century BC.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
reliquary-reliquary-unknown
sys_updated
2014-08-07T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Reliquary
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-100
year_start
-250