MATERIAL: Copper Plate
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 210 x 115 mm
ITEM ID: 4287
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Copper Plate Donation of Land

Year: 1771
Decade: 1770s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)
Notes: Dated Cait Budi VS 1828 = 1771 AD

26 incised lines of script, 12 on recto and 14 on verso, Sanskrit and Hindi, confirming an earlier donation of a village or pond to the Gujarati Braman Mojiram by Maharaje Dev Singh and Kumar Delel Singh.

After an invocation of the god Sri Rama the word Sahi, ‘true’ or ‘witnessed’ is written above the body of the text. The actual text starts with the word siddhi and states that the act of donation to the recipient and their descendants occurs by the words of the landlord. There is a concluding Sanskrit verse which states “Those men who take away land given by others or by themselves will go to hell as long as the Moon and the Sun exist”. The text is followed by another formula, “Those men who protect land given by others or themselves will go to heaven as long as the Moon and Sun exist”. The date of the document in Vikram Samvat (2001 AD+ VS 2058) is given at the end.