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Copper casket.
Title Copper casket.
Accession Number mar-relic-0422
Museum Name Archaeological Survey of India, NagarjunaKonda
Gallery Name Reserve Collection - 05
Object Type Relic Casket
Main Material Copper
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 8.4 cm. diameter (at mouth of the container)
Detailed Description Copper relic casket simulating the form of a stupa. It is in two parts. The lower drum(Vidika) or receptacle is firmly fixed to the hollow drum(vedika) of the terracotta casket probably such an arrangement was made to ensure safety of the relics to avoid crushing of the thinner and delicate inner caskets of noble metals. The upper separable unit has a hemispherical dome (anda)with a plain cubical harmika resembling a rail and a pointed coping member looking like the shaft of the chhatra. The unit is thicker in section, heavy and has eroded due to impurities of the metal.
Brief Description Copper relic casket, stupa shaped, container sticking to the terracotta one.