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Inscribed Reliquary, Donated by King Indravarman

Date:
A.D. 5–6
Culture:
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara, Bajaur)
Medium:
Schist
Dimensions:
Diam. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.142.70a, b
  • Description

    Inscribed: "In the sixty-third year of the late Great King Aya [Azes], on the sixteenth day of the month Kartia [Kartika]; at this auspicious [?] time, Prince Indravarma [Indravarman], son of the King of Apraca, establishes these bodily relics of Lord Sakyamuni; . . . he produces brahma-merit together with his mother, Rukhunaka, daughter of Aji. . . . And these bodily relics, having been brought in procession from the Muryaka cave stupa, were established in a secure [?], safe, deep [?] depository. . . ."

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