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ACCS-09 Hunnic Tribes, Silk Road Region, 5th-8th century AD. AV Bracteate. Possibly Unique.

Hunnic Tribes, Silk Road Region, 5th-8th century AD. Gold Bracteate.

21mm, 1.55gm. Local issues (found in Ghazni Afghanistan). Uncertain Brahmi inscription around, pearl-diademed and crowned bust facing, wearing earrings and necklace. Good very fine. A very attractive Central Asian Art.

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This particularly fine-style bracteate is an example of the type normally encountered along the Silk Road in central Asia. These objects were used as jewelry, or talismans and, as objects of prestige, they were sometimes buried with their owners. Often, Byzantine solidi were employed as the protoytpes for these curious objects, although either Sasanian or Hunnic drachms were also used. While the inspiration may have ultimately been Byzantine, this item displays clear central Asian and Indian influences. The general appearance of the figure, the presence of the bhindi as well as the vase and sceptre tipped by flame within crescent, and the as yet indecipherable Brahmi legend, suggest strong Indian, possibly Buddhist influence and show the cross-cultural borrowing that occurred along this vital economic highway. Given the somewhat religious significance of these bracteates, perhaps the figure is one of the many bhodisattvas within Mahayana Buddhism who acted as spiritual intercessories or "saints", bridging this realm and the next.

 

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