The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Nalanda Clay Seal 1 of Kumaragupta III

Impression of an oval seal, clearly marked by a border. The upper field (slightly less than half of the whole and separated from the inscription by a double line) bears an effigy of Garuḍa facing front, with outspread wings. He has a human face with thick lips and a Vaiṣṇava mark on his forehead. A hooded snake is coiled aroung his neck. A circle and a crescent - perhaps cakra and śaṅkha; or Sun and Moon according to #Sastri_1942:66 and Bhandarkar - appear in the field to his proper right and left respectively. See #Bhandarkar_1981:356 for some more details. This first specimen is intact and quite well preserved, but smaller in size and executed less expertly than the other specimen (%O-0049).

Object URI
OB00048
Extent
9 cm width x 11.5 cm height
History details
Discovered in 1927-28 during the excavation of Monastery site 1 at Nālandā along with %O-0034, %O-0044, %O-0046, %O-0047, %O-0049 and %O-0052. All these seals are clay impressions that seem to have been baked accidentally in a monastery fire.
Event Type
Created
Place
Nālandā
Event Place Uncertain
Event Type
Recorded
Place
Nālandā
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1927-29
Event Type
Stored
Place
Archaeological Museum, Nalanda
Event Place Uncertain
place uncertain