The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Basarh Clay Seal of Dhruvasvamini

An oval terracotta seal with a single-line border around it. The top part shows a seated lion facing proper right, separated from the inscription by a faintly preserved horizontal line.

Object URI
OB00015
Extent
4.5 cm width x 6.3 cm height
History details
Found by Bloch in excavations in 1903-04 at the village of Basarh (ancient Vaiśālī), Muzaffarpur District, Bengal (map of site on plate XXXI, adjacent to #Bloch_1906:82). The seals were found in the Fort, at a depth of 3 metres, at the site where according to local tradition the palace of Rājā Bisāl once stood (detail map on plate XXXIII, adjacent to #Bloch_1906:88). The seals were in a room 10 metres square without any doorways, so it was evidently a subterranean vault (or refuse pit). A total of about 720 pieces of clay, with over 1100 seal impressions (of about 120 varieties), were recovered. All or most of these clay pieces seem to have been presses on strings used to tie letters. Beside the principal specimen, two more specimens of this seal impression were found, both "broken and very indistinct" (#Bloch_1906:107).
Event Type
Created
Place
Vaiśālī
Event Place Uncertain
Event Type
Recorded
Place
Basarh
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1903-04
Event Type
Stored
Place
unknown
Event Place Uncertain
place uncertain