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Seal

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Burnt clay

  • Museum number:

    IM.81-1937

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A sealing from the Gandhara region, probably from Kula Dheri, Kushan period, late 1st to 3rd century A.D. A semi-conical, pinched up piece of burnt clay, bearing a seal impression of a standing warrior figure. Sealings of this type are particularly common at the site of Kula Dheri, though they have occassionally come to light on other sites. The purpose of these sealings is unknown, but it has been suggested that they are either commercial tokens or sealcutters samples. The fact that they are all different and that they cover a long period from Kaka-Pahlava to Gupta times, casts a doubt on both these interpretations, though it is difficult to suggest any alternative.

Materials and Techniques

Burnt clay

Dimensions

Height: 2.9 cm, Width: 2.1 cm

Object history note

Bought from a Rawalpindi dealer, 1937.

Descriptive line

Writing, clay

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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