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The Ramaka Casket; Inscribed Reliquary, Donated by Ramaka

Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara, Bajaur)
Medium:
Schist
Dimensions:
H. 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm); Diam. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.142.71a, b
Not on view
Inscribed: "Donation of Ramaka, son of Mahasrava. [Donation] of Ramaka, son of Mahasrava, inhabitant of the village of Kamti. From him [come] the relics. The relics are abundantly deposited. All those who are worthy to be honored are honored."
Inscription: One-line inscription on the inside of the lid and two line inscription on the body of the reliquary:

"Donation of Ramaka, son of Mahasrava. (Donation) of Ramaka, son of Mahasrava, inhabitant of the village of Kamti. From him (come) the relics. The relics are abundantly deposited. All those who are worthy to be honored are honored." (English translation by the author from the French by Fussman (1980, p. 5).
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