The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Balaghat Charter Fragment of Pravarasena II

Inscription URI
IN00172
Object URI
OB00159

Basic Metadata

Extent
18.8 cm width x 10.5 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
southern box-headed
Script size
0.8
Date (min)
410
Date (max)
460
Date comments
Basis of dating: approximate reign of Pravarasena II of the Pravarapura/Nandivardhana branch.
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Bibliography description
First reported and edited (without facsimile) in #Altekar_1928. Discussed, with identification of localities, in #Mirashi_1936:48-50. Re-edited in #Mirashi_1963.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
2095
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
15
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