The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Asirgadh Seal Inscription of Sarvavarman

Object Reference
Inscription URI
IN00144
Object URI
OB00131

Basic Metadata

Extent
12 cm width x 9.5 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
northern class, late Gupta, ornate
Date (min)
530
Date (max)
599
Date comments
Basis of dating: approximate reign of Śarvavarman.
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<p>An oval seal; the above dimensions assume (as Fleet did) that the lithograph in #Wilson_1836 is a 1:1 copy. The upper part, about one third, shows a bull decorated with a garland and walking to the proper right; there is an umbrella above it. In front of the bull walks a man carrying an axe and a standard with a cakra on top; his face is turned back toward the bull. Behind the bull another man carries a smaller axe and what may be a cāmara or a driver's stick or whip. Between the emblem and the inscribed lower part there is a double horizontal line, the ends of which turn upward at an angle of about 45°. Fleet_1888:219 believes the original seal was one attached to a copper plate, but there doesn't seem to be any indication of this, nor for the assumption that it was a "copper seal".</p>
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Bibliography description
First reported in #Prinsep_1836:482-484 with transcript (by W. H. Mill) and drawing (Plate 26) and simultaneously in #Wilson_1836, also with transcript (by C. Wilkins) and drawing (before page 377). Summarised in #Trivedi_2001:39-40.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
47
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1602
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
2/II.1
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
I.B.3
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