The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Mohalla Unfinished Plate of a Vakataka Ruler

A single plate, the first of a set, though the remaining plates are probably not lost but were never inscribed. It is inscribed only on one side, presumably meant to be the verso after binding. Mirashi says it is the thinnest of all Vākāṭaka plates discovered so far, reporting its thickness at 1/20 inch. The hole (0.9 cm in diameter) for the connecting ring is on the left-hand side, vertically at the centre, and horizontally 4.8 cm from the edge. (Could this plate have been a template? One that was never issued but from which plates with actual executive content were copied. Its unusual thinness paired with the surprising carefulness of its execution [by Vākāṭaka standards] may be a suggestion of this.)

Object URI
20.3cm width x 9.5cm height x0.13cm depth. Weight 227 grams.
Notes and provenance
This plate, which is unfinished, was found in the village of Mohallā in the Durg district of Chhattīsgaḍh. The details of the charter are not recorded in the inscription as it is not finished. According to Shastri (p. 6) the plate is possibly dated to the reign of Pṛithivīṣeṇa I.
History details
Discovered, perhaps at the beginning of the 20th century, in Mohallā (20.583136,80.74697900000001) in Durg district, Chhattisgarh. The circumstances of the discovery are not known; the plate was in private hands and changed ownership at least once. Hiralal received an inked impression of it, but did not deem the plate important enough to mention in #Hiralal_1916. It was eventually, probably in 1934, deposited in Nagpur Museum.
Event Type
Central Museum, Nagpur
Event Place Uncertain