The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Dudia Plates of Pravarasena II

A set of four plates, the first inscribed only on the inner side, the last entirely blank (serving only to protect the reverse of plate 3); the others on both faces. Their surface is flat, without raised rims. The hole (1.1 cm in diameter) for the connecting ring is on the left-hand side, vertically at the centre, and horizontally 3.2 cm from the edge. The plates were linked by a ring, on which the seal was also hung by a copper band attached to the back of the seal. At the time they were studied, the rivet holding together the ends of the ring and the rivet attaching the seal to the band were lost, and all the elements were loose.

Object URI
OB00154
Extent
7.8cm width x 7.8cm height. Weight 125 grams (approximate).
Notes and provenance
The charter records the donation of 25 bhūmis (nivartanas) in the village of Darbbhamalaka to Yakshārya and 60 bhūmis of land in the village of Karmakāra-grama to Kaliśarman. The land was donated in the 23rd year of Pravarasena II reign. (Shastri, p. 24)
History details
The plates belonged to some Gonds in or before the early 1890s, when Hultzsch and Cousens (superintendent of the Archaeological Survey of Western India) made their inked impressions. According to #Kielhorn_1894-95, they reported that the owners belonged to the village of Dūdiā in Aser pargana of Chhindwara district. #Smith_1914:320 could not locate Dudia, nor Aser. The closest match on Google Maps in 2016 is a village named Dudha (21.541138, 78.495435) about 70 km to the southwest of modern Chhindwara town in Madhya Pradesh; several villages named Dudia (with varying spelling) exist, but all of them are much farther from Chhindwara.
Event Type
Stored
Place
unknown
Event Place Uncertain