The South Asia Inscriptions Database
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The band is 1.9 cm wide and bent into an oval with a diameter of 2.2 to 2.8 cm. The ends are soldered together and punctured at the soldered section for a rivet (lost) to attach the seal. The combined weight of the ring, the band and the seal is 227 grams; the separate figure for the band is an estimate.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History

The seal is a flat disc. It bears no emblem, only the inscription. It was attached to the seal band by a rivet, now lost. The combined weight of the ring, the band and the seal is 227 grams; the separate figure for the seal is an estimate.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History

The bottom part of the original pillar is lost; the extant top portion has been fashioned into a liṅga, fitted in an ablution trough that had to be broken to reveal most of the inscription. The bottom section of the extant column is octagonal, then sixteen-sided, then octagonal again with sculptures of men and women on each face.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar fragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Airikiṇa
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Eraṇ
    Date
    1874-77
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is at the top of the lower octagonal section of the extant part of the pillar, occupying three of its faces. The bottom line is about 15 cm above the ground (#Bhandarkar_1981:352). The inscription is weathered and damaged by the whetting of tools on the edges, but most of it is quite legible on the original stone.

The monolithic pillar is on a pedestal 4 metres square, 23 metres to the east of the general line of the Eraṇ temples, about 800 metres west of the village. By its position it seems to be connected to the small double temple marked C and D in #Cunningham_1880a:87. The lower part of the shaft is square to a height of 6 metres (width and depth dimensions above pertain to this section).

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar, dhvajastambha
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Airikiṇa
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Airikiṇa
    Date
    1838
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. The bottom of the inscription is 1 metre above the pedestal, on the west side of the pillar (facing the temples).

A colossal image of Varāha, facing east, in the portico of a ruined temple at the south end of the group of temples about 800 m to the west of the village. The inscription is on a flattened (slightly concave) panel on the Varāha's neck (or, as expressed by Hall_1861b:14, it "spans the throat of a colossal image of a swine"). The bottom of the panel is about 180 cm above the ground.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formsculpture, Varāha image
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Airikiṇa
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Date
    1838
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. 8 lines of text. Hall says the first line is considerably longer than the rest, but this is clearly wrong; the last line is, however, considerably shorter than the rest, and is aligned to the centre. The inscribed panel is just barely larger than the inscription. A vertical crack runs across the panel about 1/3 of its width from the right-hand side, damaging and destroying some characters.

A fragment. At least six full lines have been broken away from the top (a stanza and a half, with one pāda per line as in lines 7 to 24 (slightly different in 9-10); there may also have been a prose incipit before the first verse), an unknown number of lines lost from the bottom.

Materialssandstone, stone
Formblock
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Eraṇ (Airikiṇa)
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Eraṇ
    Date
    1874-77
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    India Museum, Calcutta
Inscriptions
  1. A fragment. At least six full lines have been broken away from the top (a stanza and a half, with one pāda per line as in lines 7 to 24 (slightly different in 9-10); there may also have been a prose incipit before the first verse), an unknown number of lines lost from the bottom. The first few characters of lines 7 to 24 are destroyed, and from line 25 onward one pāda of verse is also lost from the beginning of each line.

A single plate without rim. A badly worn circular seal is attached to a projecting portion of the plate on the left side. The seal is lighter-coloured copper than the plate, 7 cm in diameter, with a rim surrounded by scrollwork projecting on both sides. The seal is in relief on a countersunk surface.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

A single plate without rim; the copper is of a brown colour which Pargiter assumes to indicate a high iron content. A circular seal, 7.3 cm in diameter, is attached to the left side of the plate. The seal has a low double rim with small scrollwork on both sides. The surface is countersunk, but the emblem is in high relief projecting above the rim.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

A single plate, rimless, of copper lighter in colour than %OB00115.  A badly worn circular seal is attached to a projecting portion of the plate on the left side. The seal is lighter-coloured copper than the plate, has no rim, and is 6.3 cm in diameter. The seal is in relief on a countersunk surface.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

The stone was re-cut sometime after being engraved. The front has traces of 11 lines of writing, with about 13 characters each. These are illegible, but appear to be in the same alphabet as the preserved inscriptions and seem distinct from those. The back face, where the original pillar or block seems to have been cut in half, is rough.

Materialsstone
Formstone fragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Gaḍhwā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Gaḍhwā Fort
    Date
    1871-72
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    India Museum, Calcutta
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is on the lower part of the proper left side of the slab, below %I-0011 and separated from it by a horizontal line. The second half of each line has been broken away.

  2. The inscription is on the upper part of the proper right side of the slab. The first half of each line and almost all of the first line has been broken away.

  3. The inscription is on the proper left side of the stone, below %I-0010. It consists of eight lines, with the second half of each broken away.

  4. The inscription is on the upper part of the proper left side of the stone. The first two entire lines and the second half of the seven extant lines line have been broken away.

The stone was re-cut sometime after being engraved. It seems to have been a section of a square pillar split lengthwise into four. The present object is inscribed on both the faces that were originally on the outside of the pillar. Dimensions above are estimates based on the inscription campus data given in Fleet and Agrawala.

Materialsstone
Formstone fragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Gaḍhwā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Gaḍhwā
    Date
    1874-77
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    India Museum, Calcutta
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. Eight extant lines; the second half of each is lost. There were probably five or six additional lines before the first extant line.

  2. 14 lines, with the beginnings of each line lost. There were probably no more lines in this inscription. 

A long slab, with the proper right side broken off and lost.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formfragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Gaḍhwā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Gaḍhwā
    Date
    1874-77
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    India Museum, Calcutta
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. 4 lines, the beginning of each lost. Margins about 3.8 cm on all sides except proper right, where the slab is broken.

Dimensions from #Fleet_1888:72, who says the larger figure is the breadth, which must be an error. Thickness not reported.

Materialsstone
Formstela
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Gaṇgdhār
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Gaṇgdhār
    Date
    1883
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. Dimensions from #Fleet_1888:72, who says the larger figure is the breadth, which must be an error. 41 lines.

A slab of stone. No details reported.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formslab
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ

An image of Gaṇeśa standing in ālīḍhāsana. He is ithyphallic and probably had four arms. See #Tucci_1958:328n29 for further details.

Materialsstone, marble
Formsculpture, Gaṇeśa image
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored

A single copper plate inscribed on one side only. No raised rims. An oval seal about 8.6 cm high by 7.3 cm wide is attached to the proper right edge. It shows in relief Garuḍa represented as a bird with outstretched wings, standing to the front. The seal is rotated 90° counterclockwise with respect to the inscription, i.e.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Gayā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Gayā
    Date
    before 1883
  • Event Type
    Stored
Inscriptions
  1. Some damage halfway down the proper left side, where there is also a crack, and another smaller one at the top edge near the end of the first line. The size of the inscribed area is estimated.

A single copper plate inscribed on one side only. No raised rims. The characters and the material of the seal both seem different than those of the plate, and the plate was probably produced in the early 8th century, though it may be a copy of a legitimate Gupta document.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Date
    650-799 (uncertain)

An oval seal about 8.6 cm high by 7.3 cm wide, soldered to the left edge of the plate. It shows in relief Garuḍa represented as a bird with outstretched wings, standing to the front. The seal is rotated 90° counterclockwise with respect to the inscription, i.e. Garuḍa's feet point toward the plate.  The seal legend is below the effigy.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formseal
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Date
    325-399 (uncertain)

A single plate without rim. The left-hand side has a projection with a hole, to which a seal, now lost, would have been attached.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

The cave is on the southern side of Nāgārjunī Hill, the easternmost member of the group that includes Barābar Hill. Its façade bears a Mauryan inscription (which names the cave Gopikā kubhā) above the doorway, and Anantavarman's inscription (%IN00153) on the left-hand side of the entrance (probably inside the doorway, but this is not clear from Fleet's description).

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formring of plate set
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ