The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Asirgadh Seal of Sarvavarman

An oval seal; the above dimensions assume (as Fleet did) that the lithograph in #Wilson_1836 is a 1:1 copy. The upper part, about one third, shows a bull decorated with a garland and walking to the proper right; there is an umbrella above it. In front of the bull walks a man carrying an axe and a standard with a cakra on top; his face is turned back toward the bull. Behind the bull another man carries a smaller axe and what may be a cāmara or a driver's stick or whip. Between the emblem and the inscribed lower part there is a double horizontal line, the ends of which turn upward at an angle of about 45°. Fleet_1888:219 believes the original seal was one attached to a copper plate, but there doesn't seem to be any indication of this, nor for the assumption that it was a "copper seal".

Object URI
OB00131
History details
Nothing is known of the original seal. A wax impression was found by Captain Colebrooke at Aśīrgaḍh (or Asīrgaḍh, 21.471122, 76.293771, near Burhanpur, MP) in a box containing the property of the Maharaja of Scindia. A drawing (of the inscription only) was made by J. Swiney in 1805 on the basis of this wax impression, and ultimately published in #Prinsep_1836. The impression was lithographed for publication in #Wilson_1836, around which time the impression was in the property of (the by then deceased) Charles Wilkins. Fleet_1888:219 seems to believe there were two impressions, but this does not appear to be the case. The present whereabouts of both the drawing and the wax impression are unknown. (Or can it be the case that the original seal was with Scindia, and an impression was made by Colebrooke? Reports are ambiguous.)
Event Type
Stored
Place
lost
Event Place Uncertain