The South Asia Inscriptions Database
Records: 18

The pillars were originally erected as two pairs; members of each pair are about 7.5 metres from one another, while the distance between the pairs is about 23 metres. It is not clear whether Altekar discovered the foundation of the lost fourth pillar, or if he merely thinks there were originally two pairs. Altekar does not specify which pillar bears which inscription.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formplaque
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Kotah

An oval terracotta seal with a single-line border around it. The top part shows a seated lion facing proper right, separated from the inscription by a faintly preserved horizontal line.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formfragment of seal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Vaiśālī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Basarh
    Date
    1903-04
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is in the bottom half of the seal.

An oval terracotta seal. The dimensions I give here are from Agrawala, while those of the inscription are from Bhandarkar. I assume that one is for the inscription, the other is for the object; alternatively, Agrawala may be in error (his numbers are the same as for the seal of Dhruvasvāminī).

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formseal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Vaiśālī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Basarh
    Date
    1903-04
  • Event Type
    Recorded
Inscriptions
  1. The dimensions here are from Bhandarkar, while those of the support are from Agrawala.

A smooth slab.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formseal impression
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Provincial Museum, Lucknow

An oval seal impression, broken roughly in half along its vertical axis, possibly from the same matrix as the Aśīrgaḍh seal (%OB00131), though #Sastri_1931-32:73 believes this one comes from a different matrix. Dimensions not reported. 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.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formseal impression
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

Impression of an oval seal, clearly marked by a border. The upper field (slightly less than half of the whole and separated from the inscription by a double line) bears an effigy of Garuḍa facing front, with outspread wings. He has a human face with thick lips and a Vaiṣṇava mark on his forehead. A hooded snake is coiled aroung his neck.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formfragment of seal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Nālandā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Nālandā
    Date
    1927-29
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Archaeological Museum, Nalanda
Inscriptions
  1. 8 lines of text, fully preserved. Campus size estimated from photo.

An oval seal. The upper field, separated by a double horizontal line, is occupied by an effigy of Garuḍa. This first specimen is better preserved than the second (%O-0047), but nonetheless fragmentary. The proper right half is lost, and the seal is also damaged at the top and bottom of the extant fragment.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formfragment of seal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Nālandā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Nālandā
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Archaeological Museum, Nalanda
Inscriptions
  1. The beginning of each line is lost, and the first and last lines are damaged. Campus size estimated from photo.

An oval seal, clearly marked by a border. The upper field (slightly less than half of the whole and separated from the inscription by a double line) bears an effigy of Garuḍa facing front, with outspread wings. He has a human face with thick lips and a Vaiṣṇava mark on his forehead. A hooded snake is coiled aroung his neck.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formfragment of seal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Nālandā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Nālandā
    Date
    1927-29
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Archaeological Museum, Nalanda
Inscriptions
  1. 8 lines of text, fully preserved. Campus size estimated.

An oval seal. The upper field, separated by a double horizontal line, is occupied by an effigy of Garuḍa. This second specimen is less well preserved than the first  (%O-0046). The proper right half is lost along with about the upper one third of the proper left half.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formfragment of seal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Nālandā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Nālandā
    Date
    1927-29
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Archaeological Museum, Nalanda
Inscriptions
  1. The beginning of each line is lost; the extant part is progressively larger in each subsequent line. Campus size estimated.

A seal impression in clay, probably baked. It is broken roughly in half along the vertical diameter; the right half is broken again and the upper two thirds of this half are lost. Dimensions not reported. Of the Maukhari emblem in the upper part (about one third of the total height), the head and neck of the bull and the whole of the man leading it survive; the rest is lost.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formseal impression, fragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Archaeological Museum, Nalanda

The (viewer's) left fragment of a seal impression in clay, probably baked. This fragment is roughly half of the elliptical original, broken along a line close to the vertical diameter. Dimensions not reported. Of the Maukhari emblem in the upper part (about one third of the total height), the head and neck of the bull and the whole of the man leading it survive; the rest is lost.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formseal matrix, fragment
Event History

About half of the original oval seal (split vertically; the proper left remains). The upper field of the seal, separated by a double horizontal line, is occupied by an effigy of Garuḍa. To his proper left is a small disc that may be the Sun (on similar seals, the Sun is to Garuḍa's proper right, and a crescent Moon is on his left).

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formfragment of seal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Nālandā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Nālandā
    Date
    1927-28
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Archaeological Museum, Nalanda
Inscriptions
  1. The beginning of each line is lost. The eight lines of the inscription are increasingly defaced (perhaps because the top part of the seal had been pressed more strongly). The characters of the last three lines are also smaller than those above.

A triangular fragment; the width figure above is for the base. The original seal was oval.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formfragment of seal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Nālandā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Nālandā
    Date
    1927-28
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Archaeological Museum, Nalanda
Inscriptions
  1. Contains five lines; the first with just one extant character, while the last seems complete. Any number of lines above the present first line may have been lost, as well as a device above the inscription. Given its similarity to other Gupta seals from Nālandā, the original may have held 8 lines. The text is in relief.

A roughly triangular fragment, consisting of most of the bottom proper left quarter of the original oval seal. The extant part bears only text, no imagery. Size figures are approximate; all published sources give the lengths of the sides of the "triangle" as 3 by 2.5 by 2.375 inches. Height and width are my estimates from these figures.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formfragment of seal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Nālandā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Date
    1927-28
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Archaeological Museum, Nalanda
Inscriptions
  1. Four lines of writing are preserved at the bottom of the seal. Campus size estimated from photo.

An oval seal impression, probably from the same matrix as the Aśīrgaḍh seal (%OB00131). Dimensions not reported. 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.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formseal impression
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

A seal, or probably rather the impression of one. Probably a fragment. Probably in clay or terracotta. No other details reported.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formseal impression
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

A rock; the surface is worn by weather and by the water of a spring above it. No further details available.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formseal impression fragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ

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.

Materialsclay, terracotta
Formseal impression fragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown