Terracotta casket
Title Terracotta casket
Accession Number mar-relic-0421
Museum Name Archaeological Survey of India, NagarjunaKonda
Gallery Name Reserve Collection - 05
Object Type Relic Casket
Main Material Terracotta
Provenance Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Find Place Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Patron/Dynasty Ikshvakus
Period / Year of Work C. 3rd/4th century CE
Dimensions About 15.7 X 10.5 cms
Brief Description Terracotta relic casket, stupa shaped copper container sticking to the terracotta container, damaged. (Acc.Nos. 422 to 431 were found in this casket from stupa No.8).
Detailed Description Terracotta relic casket simulating the form of a non-ornate stupa. This earthen ware casket is provided with a prefiring(salt) glaze which has imparted to it a thin pale green coating on the external surface. But for the glaze it is austerely plain both externally and internally. It is in two sepatable units. The lower drum or the receptacle having a low base, has the smaller coper casket firmly attached to it. The upper hemispherical dome(anda) with a plain cubical harmika resembling a rail and the truncated and eroded cylindrical part looking like the shaft of the Chhatra form one unit. The top peripheral rim of the drum, the sides and tip of the harmika are slightly damaged. There is a hairline crack at the base of the harmika where it is appliquely joined to the anda. (The other anitiquites accessioned uner Acc. Nos. 422 to 431 form part of this reliquary discovered in Stupa No.8).