The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Nalanda Intact Seal Inscription of Sarvavarman

Object URI
OB00132
Inscription URI
IN00145

Basic Metadata

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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Bibliography description
First reported by Hirananda Sastri in #ARASI_1927-28:139. Edited in #Sastri_1931-32:73-74.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
2081
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
I.B.4
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