The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Basarh Seal Legend of Dhruvasvamini


The inscription is in the bottom half of the seal.

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~4 cm width x ~3 cm height
northern class
Reigning Monarch
Candragupta II
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Basis of dating: active period of Dhruvasvāminī.
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Paragraph 1 line 1mahārā[jā]dh[i]r[āja-śrī]-(candra)[gupta-]
line 2[pa]tnī-mah[ā]r[āja]-śrī-g[o]v[i]nda[gupta-]
line 3mātā mahādevī-śrī-(dhru) -
line 4vasvāminī
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Reported and edited (with translation and facsimile) by Theodor Bloch in #ARASI_1903-04:107. Discussed in #Bhandarkar_1912:3.
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<title>Basarh Seal Legend of Dhruvasvamini</title>
<editor>Dániel Balogh</editor>
<authority>Siddham - The South Asia Inscriptions Database</authority>
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<msName>Basarh Clay Seal of Dhruvasvamini</msName>
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<material>clay / terracotta</material>
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<p>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.</p>
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<p>The inscription is in the bottom half of the seal.</p>
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<p>northern class</p>
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<p>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 #ARASI_1903-04:82). 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 #ARASI_1903-04:88). 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" (#ARASI_1903-04:107).</p>
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