Bronze Reliquary Vase from Wardak

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 17 October 2016

This vase and 66 coins were part of a group of offerings dedicated to the Buddha by a man named Vagramarega (his name was inscribed on the vase), for the benefit of himself and his family. Coins were often included in Buddhist offerings in this period. They were symbolic of material and spiritual wealth, and were used to increase the merit of the dedication, which the donor could then share with others. 66 copper coins from Wardak, modern-day Afghanistan, circa 110-178 CE. The vase came from a Buddhist stupa (in Afghanistan), transferred from the India Museum in London. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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