The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Washim Plates of Vindhyasakti II

A set of four plates, the first and last inscribed only on the inner sides; the others on both faces. Their surface is flat, without raised rims. The hole (0.6 cm in diameter) for the connecting ring is on the left-hand side, vertically at the centre, and horizontally 3 centimetres from the edge. The connecting ring is extant (not included as a separate item here, since no description of it is available), but the seal is lost. The weight is reported in #Mirashi_1963:93 as 47.5 tolās (554 grams) for the plates and the ring together, but this figure is unlikely. For comparison, %OB00161 (a single plate on which Mirashi specifically remarks that it is the thinnest Vākāṭaka plate known) weighs 227 grams. Since Mirashi edited the inscription from facsimiles, while the original editors Deshpande and Mahajan worked from photographs and report no weight, the figure must be either Mirashi's careless assumption or an erroneous report from an informant. In fact, the dimensions of the plates are also uncetain, as the original editors were only "given to understand that the photographs are equal to the size of the original plates" (#Deshpande_Mahajan_1939:455).

Object URI
15.5cm width x 8.6cm height.
Notes and provenance
The charter records the donation of the village Ākāsapadda to fourteen Brāhmaṇas by Vindhyaśakti II. The charter records the names of the Brāmaṇas and the share of the village which they were given. (Shastri,p. 38). According to Shastri the charter is important in that it proves that Pravarasena I, who ruled as part of the undivided family, had at least four sons who all became kings, which until the discovery of this charter had not been satisfactorily proven. (Shastri, p. 39)
History details
Discovered by a paṇḍit in Vāśim (Washim, Basim; 20.099787,77.148743); exact location and circumstances not reported. The plates apparently remained in the paṇḍit's possession, or at least this is what #Mirashi_1963:93 says; however, the original editors (#Deshpande_Mahajan_1939:455) say they had never actually handled the plates and they were not in the possession of this pandit, but "with a gentleman from the mofussil village near about Bāsim".
Event Type
property of (the heirs of) Paṇḍit Vāsudev Śāstrī Dhanāgare of Vāśim
Event Place Uncertain