The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Kannauj Maukhari Seal Matrix Inscription

Object URI
OB00138
Inscription URI
IN00151

Basic Metadata

Extent
6 cm width x 5 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
northern class, late Gupta
Script size
0.5
Date (min)
550
Date (max)
599
Date comments
Basis of dating: conjecture.
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Bibliography description
First reported and edited in #Thaplyal_1985:153 (I.B.7). Edited with more discussion in #Thaplyal_1975-76 (which was apparently not published until 1989).
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
I.B.7
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