The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Eran Stone Inscription of Samudragupta

A fragment. At least six full lines have been broken away from the top (a stanza and a half, with one pāda per line as in lines 7 to 24 (slightly different in 9-10); there may also have been a prose incipit before the first verse), an unknown number of lines lost from the bottom. The first few characters of lines 7 to 24 are destroyed, and from line 25 onward one pāda of verse is also lost from the beginning of each line.

Object Reference
Object URI
OB00002
Inscription URI
IN00002

Basic Metadata

Extent
24 cm width x 94 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
southern class, box-headed
Script size
1.3
Reigning Monarch
Samudragupta
Date (min)
345
Date (max)
380
Date comments
Basis of dating: approximate reign of Samudragupta.
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Bibliographic Information (view/hide)
Bibliography description
First noticed in #ASIR_10:89. First edited in #Fleet_1888. Discussed in: #Sircar_1956. Summarised in #Trivedi_2001:17-18 (No. 1).
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
2
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
2
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1/III.3
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
54-61
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