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Bactrian Bronze Button

Sorry this old button is no longer available. However we may still have a similar one.

Ancient Bactrian/Kushan Bronze Button or Seal.  A circular buttonwith a sculpted surface, a central flower or more likely "sun" surrounded by pairs of double spiral "rams' horns" (or "fleur de lys") within a scallopped border of discs.

Back in about 350 BC, some of “Alexander the Greats” Greek troops remained behind in Afghanistan, as his Empire broke up, forming their own Empire in the East, called Bactria, (after which the camels were named.)

This  oxidized bronze button is from that kingdom, having lain buried for “quite a while.”

This Empire lasted about 2 centuries before being invaded from the north by the Kushan peoples, who had been chased out of China. The Kushans liked what they found and adopted the Bactrian lifestyle, including it's writing and sculptural traditions. The Kushans went on too conquer Northern India, and through them Buddhism came west out of India, met up with Greek sculptors and took on it’s distinctive Ghandaran form there.

Remember the Bamian Standing Buddhas, that the Taliban blew up? Well, that’s where and when we’re talking about. (whence Buddhism travelled north then east along the Silk Route to China.)

Cast in “lost wax” this seal, would originally have been carved in wax, then cast in a clay mould.

Under the dusty build up is a lovely old dark patinated surface, with a warm, worn glow, with small areas of encrustation in the designed recesses.

You obviously wouldn't want to polish it, as this would only be removing it's age and revealing the raw shiny metal that hasn't yet been exposed to oxygen. About 70% of the back is encrusted however the raised loop, for sewing onto clothing, is fairly clean.

Age: Circa 200 BC - 400 AD

Size: Diam 29 mm x 28 mm

Weight: 19 grams