The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Mankuwar Buddha Image Inscription of the Time of Kumaragupta I

Description

The inscription is on the pedestal, one line along the top edge, another along the bottom edge. The height given here is for the two lines combined; the top line is about 2 cm tall, the bottom is 2.5 cm tall.

Inscription URI
IN00029
Object URI
OB00027

Basic Metadata

Extent
48 cm width x 4.5 cm height
Decoration
Between the two lines of text at the top and bottom of the pedestal, there is a carved wheel in the centre, "with a man seated in meditation on each side, and a lion at each corner" (#ASIR_10:6).
Language
Hybrid Sanskrit
Script
northern class, eastern Gupta closely resembling %IN00001
Script size
0.6-1.1
Reigning Monarch
Kumāragupta I
Date (min)
447
Date (max)
448
Date comments
Intrinsic Date: 129 jyeṣṭha 18 (era: Gupta). Basis of dating: intrinsic.
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Bibliographic Information (view/hide)
Bibliography description
First noticed (with transliteration and hand-drawn transcript) in #ASIR_10:6-7. Re-published in #Indraji_1885:354. Critically edited in #Fleet_1888. Discussed in #Willis_2014.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
11
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
25
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1273
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1/III.20
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
31
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
IV. Mankuwār 1
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
147-149
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