The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Sohnag Clay Seal of Avantivarman

An imperfectly fired clay seal, oval in shape. The inscribed impression is sunk slightly below the surface. 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. The device part is very similar, but not identical, to that on the seals of Śarvavarman (%OB00131, %OB00132, %OB00133). Between the emblem and the inscribed lower part there is a single horizontal line, the do not seem to turn upward on the photograph. The reverse is convex, irregular, and "shows a hole in the thickness just below the inscription for attachment, even as seals were attached to land grants" (#Vats_1947-48:63). Could this be a string hole?

Object URI
OB00135
History details
Found in 1945 by a villager digging in a field, in Sohnag (26.260444, 83.910445, Gorakhpur District, UP). Studied in the original by M. S. Vats in 1946.
Event Type
Stored
Place
unknown
Event Place Uncertain