The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Nalanda Seal Inscription of Avantivarman

Object URI
OB00136
Inscription URI
IN00149

Basic Metadata

Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
northern class, late Gupta
Date (min)
575
Date (max)
604
Date comments
Basis of dating: approximate reign of Avantivarman.
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Bibliography description
First reported and edited in #Ghosh_1937-38 (A).
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
I.B.6
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