Relic casket

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Acquired in 1921 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
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SSEA
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date_end
0204-12-31
date_start
0195-01-01
date_text
ca. 200 B.C. (made)
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Black steatite, Sonari (Sanchi), Stupa No. 2, ca. 200 B.C.
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historical_context_note
Relic casket of black steatite, turned on the lathe, containing a small piece of calcined bone. It was found inside the relic casket, No. 219-1921 I.M. , by Gen. Cunningham and Gen. Maisey about 1851, in the Stupa No. 2 at Sonari, 6 miles S.W., of Sanchi, Bhopal State, Central India. The casket may date from about the year 200 B.C., and the stupa may be a few years later. Diam. 1 1/8 in., H. 2 1/8 in. (Maisey Collection). In the shape of a lotus-bud on a circular disc-foot. The upper part is incised with seven triangular compartments in each of which is a lotus-flower, a lotus-bud or a lotus-leaf beside a hatched triangle. The lower part is divided into eight similar panels, each containing in the upper part a hatched triangle and in the lower part one or two syllables in the early Brahmi character, of the following Pali inscription:- 'Sapurisa(sa) Ala bagirasa', i.e., [the relics] of the Emancipated Alabagira. Nothing certain is known of this follower of the Buddha. The relics of an Apagira were found in Stupa No.2 at Sanchi, and it is possible that the two relics are from the body. One of the Buddha's converts was Alavaka the cannibal of Atavi.
historical_significance
history_note
1921/3021, Willis, Michael. Buddhist Reliquaries from Ancient India. London : British Museum Press, 2000. ISBN 0 7141 1492 8. p. no.87 and fig.96.
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65915
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2014-08-29T23:39:06.000Z
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2014-08-29T23:39:06.000Z
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In Storage
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Black steatite
museum_number
IM.222-1921
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im2221921
object_number
O24892
object_type
Sculpture
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production_note
Sonari (Sanchi), Bhopal State, Madhya Pradesh, India
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3
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relic-casket-sculpture-unknown
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2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
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Relic casket
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year_end
204
year_start
195