Travels of a Reliquary, Its Contents Separated at Birth

Frederick M. Asher

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This paper presents the discovery and travels of relics assumed to be those of the Buddha and the small bronze reliquary that housed them, one that, despite its small size and inelegant appearance, has been the focus of a great deal of scholarship, mostly intended to determine its date and authorship. The paper focuses especially on the reliquary's elusive nature: the relics it housed were sent away, the inscription's interpretation is contested, and the present location of the reliquary is a mystery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-156
Number of pages10
JournalSouth Asian Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Burma
  • Gandhara
  • Kanishka
  • Mandalay
  • Peshawar
  • Relics
  • Reliquary


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