The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Eran Stone of Samudragupta

A fragment. At least six full lines have been broken away from the top (a stanza and a half, with one pāda per line as in lines 7 to 24 (slightly different in 9-10); there may also have been a prose incipit before the first verse), an unknown number of lines lost from the bottom. The first few characters of lines 7 to 24 are destroyed, and from line 25 onward one pāda of verse is also lost from the beginning of each line. Since the extant area is roughly rectangular, the original inscription must have covered a reverse L shape, which implies a carved image of some sort in the top left corner. If Agrawala (1983:1) is correct in assuming the block to be a square column (originally), then the lost beginnings of lines 25ff must have been on the face to the left of this one, which surely has some traces if it was not re-cut. Does not sound likely.

Object URI
OB00002
Extent
24 cm width x 94 cm height x 24 cm depth
History details
Discovered by Cunningham between 1874 and 1877. Found in Eraṇ, a short distance to the west of the ruined Varāha temple in which there is an inscription of Toramāṇa.
Event Type
Created
Place
Eraṇ (Airikiṇa)
Event Place Uncertain
Event Type
Recorded
Place
Eraṇ
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1874-77
Event Type
Stored
Place
India Museum, Calcutta
Event Place Uncertain