The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Nalanda Seal Inscription of a Descendant of Harivarman

Object URI
OB00127
Inscription URI
IN00140

Basic Metadata

Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
no data
Date (min)
500
Date (max)
599
Date comments
Basis of dating: palaeography, conjecture.
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<p>A terracotta plaque (or seal impression) found (as reported in #Kuraishi_1931:86) with about 20 other plaques and seal impressions of the same size and layout, but different content. All these plaques are divided into four compartments one below the other, with images of stūpas in the top compartment and an inscription in the bottom one; they were originally surmounted by umbrellas. This plaque depicts a "well-modelled bull with driver whipping it from behind". No further details reported.</p>
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<p>Discovered in 1916 by Spooner at Monastery Site I in Nālandā. No further details reported. The object or the photo negative of it bears the number 351 in the catalogue of minor antiquities found in this excavation.</p>
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<lb n="1" /><gap extent="unknown" reason="lost" /> pratāpānurāgopanatānya-rāj<sic>ā</sic> varṇāśrama-vyavasthāpana-pravṛtta <gap extent="unknown" reason="lost" />
<lb n="2" /><gap extent="unknown" reason="lost" /> harivarmmā <gap precision="low" quantity="11" reason="illegible" unit="character" /> tasya puttras tat-pādānudhyāto jaya <gap extent="unknown" reason="lost" />
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Bibliographic Information (view/hide)
Bibliography description
First reported with transcript in #Kuraishi_1931:88 (No. 17).
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
2080
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