14 September 2010
PROPERTY FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF JULIAN SHERRIER
A silver cup
Gandhara, circa late 1st century B.C. - early 1st century A.D.
Carinated, the plain upper portion waisted above a fluted ovoid bowl, with three parallel lines incised on the interior rim and an extensive pointillé inscription in Karoshti on the exterior
5 in. (12.7 cm.) high
Private Collection, England, prior to 1979
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F. Baratte, East and West: A Central Asian Silver Hoard from the Parthian Era, 2002, p. 41, 59, fig. 23
The Karoshti inscription reads, rubea-putrasa budhavalasa sa 20 dhanea 1 1, which means "[Property] of Buddhavala, son of Rubea, sadera 20, dhanea 12." The name Rubea might also be read Rurea, the character is somehow in the middle of both outlines.
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