The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Bhitari Metal Seal of Kumaragupta III

An oval seal, pointed at the top and bottom. It is surrounded by a raised rim about 2 cm wide on average and 0.9 cm high. The back has two knobs about 1 cm in diameter, probably serving to attach the seal to another object such as a copper plate. It is an alloy consisting of copper, silver and gold, about 63, 36 and 0.4 percent respectively. (Billon is a generic term for a silver or gold alloy containing a majority of base metal, usually copper.) It weighs 695 grams. The upper section (slightly less than half of the whole and separated from the inscription by a double line) bears an image of Garuḍa in fairly high relief on a countersunk surface. He faces front, with outspread wings. He has a human face with thick lips and a Vaiṣṇava mark on his forehead. A hooded snake is coiled around his neck. A circle and a crescent - perhaps cakra and śaṅkha; or Sun and Moon according to #Sastri_1942:66 and Bhandarkar - appear in the field to his proper right and left respectively. See #Bhandarkar_1981:359 for some more details.

Object URI
OB00050
Extent
11.7 cm width x 14.6 cm height
History details
Discovered before 1886 in Bhitarī (or Bhītarī? Sayyidpur Tahsil, Gazipur District, UP) while digging foundations for a building.
Event Type
Created
Place
Bhitarī
Event Place Uncertain
place uncertain
Event Type
Recorded
Place
Bhitarī
Event Place Uncertain
Date
before 1886
Event Type
Stored
Place
Government Museum, Lakhnau
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1980