AUD $280.00

Bactrian Bronze Seal

A very large Ancient Bactrian/Kushan Bronze Seal.  A circular open work seal with a central 6 petalled flower, or more likely "sun" surrounded by a scallopped channel that may once have held an inlay of stone pieces.

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 seal 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.)

The total surface is encrusted with a soft green "verdi gris" of oxidised copper.

Age: Circa 200 BC - 400 AD

Size: Diam 50 mm x 48 mm, depth 17 mm.

Weight: 27 grams