The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Mansar Single Plate of a Vakataka Ruler

A single plate (probably the fourth of an original set of five), inscribed on both faces. All other components of the set are lost, and only photographs survive of this plate. The physical dimensions are estimated on the assumption that the width of the plate is similar to that of cognate plates. The plate on the photograph is 14.2 by 7.9 cm, and the hole (0.75 cm in diameter) is 3.3 cm from the left edge.

Object URI
7.6cm width x 8.2cm height x0.6cm depth
Notes and provenance
The plate, the fourth of a five plate charter, was discovered whilst digging for manganese in the area. It is not know where the donated areas are or where the plate was issued. According to Shastri, Mirashi believes that the plate dates to the time of Pravarasena II due to similarities with known charters of this time, but Shastri argues that these similarieties can also be seen in other charters of different rulers and so cannot be considered to be certain. (Shastri, p.36-37)
History details
Discovered along with several other plates, probably of the same set, shortly before 1916 in Mānsar (21.409845,79.266037) by contractors digging for manganese. They divided the plates among themselves and left the region. G. P. Dick of Nagpur acquired this particular plate but could not trace the others. Mirashi found out that one or two plates of the set were carried to Kathiawad but could not locate them. According to #Mirashi_1937:20 Hiralal believed that %OB00159 belonged to this set (probably personal communication from Hiralal to Mirashi), but #Mirashi_1936:49-50 and #Mirashi_1963:69-70 argues convincingly against this hypothesis . This particular plate was apparently lost when Dick departed for England. Hiralal, before 1916, possessed impressions which were also lost when Hiralal sent them to Mirashi. Hiralal also had photographs, which reached Mirashi before 1937 but their present location is not known.
Event Type
Event Place Uncertain