Inscription (IN11006) on a conical stamp (OB11006) with a seated Buddha and stūpas.

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Inscription (IN11006) on a conical stamp (OB11006) with a seated Buddha and stūpas.

North India (find-spot unknown). Concial stamp, inscribed face (image reversed). British Museum 1957,0515.1.

Uploaded on November 6, 2017
April 8, 2020
IN03152 Galle Trilingual Slab – Chinese Inscription

Author: Senarath Paranavitana

The inscription is engraved on a stone slab discovered in 1911 by H. F. Tomalin, the Provincial Engineer at Galle, in a culvert near the turn to Cripps Road within that town and afterwards moved to the Colombo Museum. The slab features inscriptions in three different languages, enclosed within a floral border: Tamil (top-left, IN03150), Persian (bottom-left, IN03151) and Chinese (right). The Chinese inscription is dealt with here.

 

Following the discovery of the slab, the Chinese inscription was successfully transcribed and translated by Edmund Backhouse. Like the Tamil inscription, it is dated in the second month of the seventh year of Yuṅlo (Yung Lo), the Chinese emperor whose reign began in 1403 A.D. The text features a list of praise and offerings dedicated by the Chinese emperor, through his envoys Ching-Ho and Wang Ch’ing Lien, to the Buddha. The other two inscriptions on the slab feature similar (though not identical) lists of offerings but the beneficiary is different in each case, being a Hindu cult deity in the Tamil text and an Islamic saint or shrine in the Persian. It therefore appears that, when the Chinese gained political ascendancy over Sri Lanka in 1409, they made gifts of equal value to several different religious traditions of the region and recorded these gifts on the same stone.

Community: Sri Lanka epigraphy
Uploaded on November 6, 2017
March 25, 2020
OB03125 Galle Trilingual Slab

Author: Senarath Paranavitana

Galle Trilingual Inscription, National Museum, Colombo

 

Community: Sri Lanka epigraphy
Uploaded on November 6, 2017
March 25, 2020
OB00038a Sarnath Buddha Image 2, original fragment

Author: Anon.

Community: Gupta epigraphy
Uploaded on November 6, 2017
February 4, 2019
OB00038b Sarnath Buddha Image 2 of the Time of Budhagupta (replaced fragment)

Author: Anon.

Community: Gupta epigraphy
Uploaded on November 6, 2017
February 4, 2019
IN00122 Calcutta Museum Broken Buddha Image Inscription of the 5th Century

Author: Dániel Balogh

Uploaded on November 6, 2017
January 11, 2019
IN00118 Mathura Buddha Image Inscription of GE 230

Author: Dániel Balogh

Uploaded on November 6, 2017
January 11, 2019
IN00116 Deoriya Buddha Image Inscription

Author: Dániel Balogh

Uploaded on November 6, 2017
January 11, 2019
OB00110 Calcutta Museum Broken Buddha Image of the 5th Century

Author: Anon.

Community: Gupta epigraphy
Uploaded on November 6, 2017
January 10, 2019
OB00106 Mathura Buddha Image of GE 230

Author: Anon.

Community: Gupta epigraphy
Uploaded on November 6, 2017
January 10, 2019