The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Nalanda Seal Legend 1 of Narasimhagupta

The beginning of each line is lost, and the first and last lines are damaged. Campus size estimated from photo.

Object URI
OB00046
Inscription URI
IN00051

Basic Metadata

Extent
5 cm width x 4 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
The characters are neater than those of %IN00052.
Reigning Monarch
Narasiṃhagupta
Date (min)
465
Date (max)
480
Date comments
Basis of dating: approximate reign of Narasiṃhagupta.
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Bibliography description
Briefly noticed in #Sastri_1931-32:77 (postscript). Edited with plate) in #Sastri_1942:65.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
44
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
41
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
266-268
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