The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Basarh Seal Legend of Ghatotkacagupta

Description

The dimensions here are from Bhandarkar, while those of the support are from Agrawala.

Inscription URI
IN00031

Basic Metadata

Extent
~2.9 cm width x ~2 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
northern class, Gupta script of unclassified variety
Script size
0.5
Reigning Monarch
Ghaṭotkacagupta
Date (min)
445
Date (max)
460
Date comments
Basis of dating: active period of Ghaṭotkacagupta.
Toggle Edition Styling
Diplomatic Edition
Edition
Paragraph 1 line 1 ś(r)ī-ghaṭ(o)t(ka)caguptasya
Object URI
OB00028
Bibliographic Information (view/hide)
Bibliography description
Reported and edited (with translation and facsimile) by Theodor Bloch in #ARASI_1903-04:107.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
27
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1547
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
24
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XML Plain
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<title>Basarh Seal Legend of Ghatotkacagupta</title>
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<msName>Basarh Clay Seal of Ghaṭotkacagupta</msName>
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<material>clay / terracotta</material>
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<p>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).</p>
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<width>~2.9</width>
<height>~2</height>
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<p>The dimensions I give here are from Bhandarkar, while those of the support are from Agrawala. 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).</p>
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<height unit="cm">0.5</height>
<p>northern class, Gupta script of unclassified variety</p>
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<decoDesc>
<p>None.</p>
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<origin>
<origPlace>Vaiśālī</origPlace>
<origDate />
</origin>
<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.</p>
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ś<unclear>r</unclear>ī-ghaṭ<unclear>o</unclear>t<unclear>ka</unclear>caguptasya
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