Harry Falk, A Bronze Tub with a Brāhmī Inscription from Swat

A large bronze tub from the Swat valley carries an inscription in Brāhmī letters. Palaeographic particularities and some parallels allow it to be dated to around 500 C.E. The legend shows that two groups of Buddhist monks are involved. The one living outside the settlements hands over the tub—and probably more utensils—to a monastery run by Sarvāstivādins. The terminology suggests that the monks living in the forest pursue the bodhisattva path and regard the inhabitants of the monastery as still tied to the material world.