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Reliquary in the Shape of a Stupa

ca. 4th–5th century
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
H. 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm); W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Bruckmann, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.387a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235
The stupa sits atop a Corinthian capital bracketed by four felines with wings and beaks. Its elaborate form suggests it was placed in a shrine where it was seen rather than enclosed in a solid masonry stupa. A similar masonry stupa in a monastic cell at the site of Kalawan attests to veneration of this stupa type in the late Gandharan tradition.
London. Hayward Gallery. "In the Image of Man: Indian Perception of the Universe through 2000 years of painting and sculpture," May 25, 1982–June 13, 1992.

New York. Asia Society. "Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment," September 4, 1997–January 4, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pala-Sena Period," 2007.

New York. Asia Society. "Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art," March 16, 2009–June 20, 2010.

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