The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Gaya Plate of Samudragupta

A single copper plate inscribed on one side only. No raised rims. An oval seal about 8.6 cm high by 7.3 cm wide is attached to the proper right edge. It shows in relief Garuḍa represented as a bird with outstretched wings, standing to the front. The seal is rotated 90° counterclockwise with respect to the inscription, i.e. Garuḍa's feet point toward the plate.  The seal legend is below the effigy. The characters and the material of the seal both seem different than those of the plate, and the seal is probably a genuine one from Samudragupta's time. The plate with the seal weighs 1200 grams.

Object URI
OB00004
Extent
20 cm width x 18 cm height
History details
The seal is probably genuine, from a destroyed grant of Samudragupta. The plate is a copy or forgery, probably produced in the early 8th century. It was found by Cunningham at Gayā before 1883.
Event Type
Created
Place
Gayā
Event Place Uncertain
place uncertain
Event Type
Recorded
Place
Gayā
Event Place Uncertain
Date
before 1883
Event Type
Stored
Event Place Uncertain
place uncertain