DIMENSIONS: 26 x 36.5 cm.
COMPONENTS: large inscribed rectangular copper panel rectangular panel with 24 lines of Sanskrit text recto, 4 lines verso, slightly irregularly shaped along lower edge, pierced with two holes for hanging at top, with accompanying correspondence from Spink and Sotheby's
NOTES: Formerly in a private English collection, early 1960s (Spink correspondence dated May 1960; Sotheby's correspondence dated May 1961).

According to Dr. Peter Szanto:
"If I'm not wrong, this is the so-called Sone East Bank Inscription of a chieftain from the Khadirapāla dynasty. It has been published in Epigraphia Indica no. 23 (1935-36, publ. in 1940), item no. 34, pp. 222-230."

Dr. Peter Szanto
All Souls College, Oxford

• Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 2014)
• Nachwuchsinitiative Stipend, Hamburg University (from 2013 to 2014)
• Junior Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford (from 2010 to 2013)
• Postgraduate, Balliol College, Oxford (from 2006 to 2010)
• Diploma in Tibetan Studies and Diploma in Indology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (from 1999 to 2006)

Research interests
• Tantric or Esoteric Buddhism; sociography of mediaeval Indian Esoteric Buddhist communities
ITEM ID: 4401

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Indian Copper Land Grant

Year: 1196
Decade: 1190s
Century: 12th (1101-1200)
Notes: Samvat 1254

A large inscribed copper panel, apparently the title deeds relating to a grant of land.