Frieze of basalt with part of an inscription with the titles of the Bengal Sultān Sayf al-Dīn Firūz Shāh (AH 893-896).
- Found/Acquired: Gaur, The inscription was first reported at Goamalti by W. Francklin, Ruins of Gaur, IOL MS 19, p. 16; according to H. Creighton, Ruins of Gaur (London, 1817), p.ii an indigo factory was placed at a location called Gowmalty in the midst of the ruins of Gaur. (Firūz Minār)
- (Asia,South Asia,India,West Bengal,Malda District,Gaur)
- Height: 27.2 centimetres
- Length: 47.2 centimetres
Inscription Transliteration[Current reading with reconstructions]
عهد الساطان الزمان) المؤيد)
بتائيد الديان امجاهد فئ
سبيل الرحمن خليفة اللّه
بالحجة و البرهان سيف
الدنيا (والد) ين
[Text as transcribed in Bengal in the early nineteenth century]
المويد الدنيا و الدين المجاهد في سبيل الله
......خليفة الرحمن السلطان باالحجة و البرهان سيف الدنيا و الدين
Inscription Translation....[during the reign of the Sultān of the age] who is strengthened by the assistance of the Supreme Judge, the Warrior in the Path of the Merciful, the Caliph of God by proof and evidence, Sayf al-Dunyā [wa al-] Dīn [Ābu'l Muzaffar Firūz Shāh Sultān, may God perpetuate his kingdom and authority]...
Inscription CommentArabic text as written in Bengal in the early 19th century and preserved in Letters on Antiquities (G&R) no. 126 'Hindostanee Inscriptions from Gour'. The reading is not entirely correct.
Blue slip based on old Franks notebooks gives 1826.7-8 ('Eight arabic inscriptions on slabs of black marble from the ruins of Gaur. Col Wm Franklin').
Letters on Antiquities (G&R) no. 126 'Hindostanee Inscriptions from Gour' [11 November 1826] shows there were three inscriptions in total from Franklin; the 'eight' in Franks's notebooks being the total number of fragments. The latter document attributes the present inscription to the Firūz Minār at Gaur.
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Object reference number: RRI30721
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