The South Asia Inscriptions Database
Records: 594

A plate bearing no inscription. Its surface is flat, without raised rims. The hole for the connecting ring is on the left-hand side, vertically at the centre, and horizontally 3.2 cm from the edge. The dimensions of the plates in the set vary slightly, but are not reported individually, only as a range.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History

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.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formfragment of seal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Vaiśālī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Basarh
    Date
    1903-04
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is in the bottom half of the seal.

An oval terracotta seal. The dimensions I give here are from Agrawala, while those of the inscription are from Bhandarkar. I assume that one is for the inscription, the other is for the object; alternatively, Agrawala may be in error (his numbers are the same as for the seal of Dhruvasvāminī).

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formseal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Vaiśālī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Basarh
    Date
    1903-04
  • Event Type
    Recorded
Inscriptions
  1. The dimensions here are from Bhandarkar, while those of the support are from Agrawala.

A single plate belonging to a set of probably three, probably including two of %OB00146, %OB00147 and %OB00148. A hole 1.3 cm in diameter, about 5 cm from the centre of the left-hand edge, served for a ring to bind the plate together with its siblings. The ring and the presumably attached seal are lost.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

A single plate belonging to a set of probably three, probably including two of %OB00145, %OB00147 and %OB00148. A hole 1.3 cm in diameter, about 5 cm from the centre of the left-hand edge, served for a ring to bind the plate together with its siblings. The ring and the presumably attached seal are lost.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate set
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

A single plate belonging to a set of probably three, probably including two of %OB00145, %OB00146 and %OB00148. A hole 1.3 cm in diameter, about 5 cm from the centre of the left-hand edge, served for a ring to bind the plate together with its siblings. The ring and the presumably attached seal are lost.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formring of plate set
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

A single plate belonging to a set of probably three, probably including two of %OB00145, %OB00146 and %OB00147. A hole 1.3 cm in diameter, about 5 cm from the centre of the left-hand edge, served for a ring to bind the plate together with its siblings. The ring and the presumably attached seal are lost.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formseal of plate set
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

Two plates, each inscribed on one face only. Dimensions above are for the first plate; the width of the second is about 1 cm less, but its height is 0.8 cm more. The plates are smooth, without thickening or raising at the rims. They are fairly thick, but some of the writing shows through on their backs. They are very well preserved. Their top margins have a hole (08.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Uccakalpa
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Betul
    Date
    1905
  • Event Type
    Stored
Inscriptions
  1. Dimensions estimated from plate size. 14 lines on the first plate, 15 on the second. Well preserved except for a hole around the middle of the last line of the second plate.

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.

Materialsmetal, billon
Formseal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bhitarī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bhitarī
    Date
    before 1886
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Government Museum, Lakhnau
    Date
    1980
Inscriptions
  1. 8 lines of text, fully preserved. Campus size estimated from photo.

Actually three fragments, found together and assembled. Dimensions above are for the assembly, which is a squarish slab. One fragment comprises the (viewer's) left-hand side, a bit more than half of the slab. The smaller right-hand portion is broken again in two; the location of this fracture is not described by Agrawala and cannot be seen in his facsimile.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formfragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bhitarī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bhitarī
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Dept. of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, BHU
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. Inscribed all over the right-hand side of the reassembled slab. The first 2-3 characters of five lines are extant, and there are traces of the top of a sixth line (not reported by Agrawala). There may have been any number of additional lines both before the first and after the sixth line.

  2. Inscribed all over the front face of the reassembled slab, consisting of five entire lines and traces of the top of a sixth (not reported by Agrawala). The beginning of the first line (which is almost certainly the first line of the original inscription) is lost and any number of subsequent lines may have been present after the sixth.

The pillar is monolithic, consisting of a square base of 2 metres or more in height, a circular shaft (to which the diameter given above applies) 4.7 metres long, and a capital about 1 metre high. The capital is a lotus bell, with a deep narrow socket that presumably held a metal spike that in turn held a sculpture. The upper part of the base is smooth; the lower part is roughly chiselled.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bhitarī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Date
    1834
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is on the eastern side of the smooth upper part of the base.

A fragment of a rectangular slab, thickness not reported.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formfragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bhitarī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bhitarī
    Date
    1970s?
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Dept. of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, BHU
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. Inscribed all over the extant surface, which contains the beginnings of three lines. The first line is probably the first line of the original inscription.

One of three fragments, found together and assembled; the assembly is itself a fragment of a pillar. This fragment comprises the (viewer's) left-hand side, a bit more than half of the slab. The width of this fragment is estimated

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formslab, fragment
Event History

One of three fragments, found together and assembled; the assembly is itself a fragment of a pillar. This fragment is the upper part of the smaller right-hand portion of the slab. The location of the horizontal fracture is not described by Agrawala, but may be between lines 2 and 3 of the front inscription (%IN00068). The width and height of this fragment are estimated.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formslab, fragment
Event History

One of three fragments, found together and assembled; the assembly is itself a fragment of a pillar. This fragment is the lower part of the smaller right-hand portion of the slab. The location of the horizontal fracture is not described by Agrawala, but may be between lines 2 and 3 of the front inscription (IN00068).  The width and height of this fragment are estimated.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formslab, fragment
Event History

Locals call this pillar thāḍī-patthar, "standing stone". The lower part is rectangular (apparently oblong), while the upper part is octagonal. Its height is not reported. The inscription is on one face of the lower part.

Materialsstone, sandstone, dark red
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bhumarā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bhumarā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. 9 lines, in a good state of preservation.

This is a 20th-century iron copy of an original set of three copper plates. The first is inscribed only on the inner side, the second and third on both faces (3 verso is only partly filled). No measurements have been reported. They probably have no raised rims.

Materialsmetal, iron
Formplate
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Birla Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute, Hyderabad

A plate inscribed only on the verso. It probably has no raised rims. The hole for the connecting ring is on the left-hand side, vertically at the centre, and horizontally at about one fifth of the length of the plate from the edge. 

Event History