No. 32─SOBHARAMPUR PLATE OF DAMODARADEVA, SAKA 1158
AHMAD HASAN DANI, DACCA
This copper-plate was discovered in the village of Śōbhārāmpur, P. S. Burichong, District
Tippera, by Maulavi Mohammad Ibrahim. While he was digging out earth from a vacant portion
of his homestead situated in C. S. Plot No. 608 in J. L. No. 42, he found a brick-work about a cubit
below the surface of the earth. That brick-work was broken by him out of curiosity and the
plate was discovered inside it.
When I was Superintendent of Archaeology, Eastern Pakistan Circle, I went to Comilla on
official tour and there I came to learn through the courtesy of Mr. Ali Ahmed, teacher in the
Zilla School, Comilla, about the discovery of the plate. At once the matter was reported to the
District Magistrate of Tippera, through whose kind efforts the plate was acquired under the Treasure
Trove Act and handed over to me.
This is a single plate measuring 10¼″ by 9″ with a thickness of about ⅛″. The upper edge has
in the middle a 2″ long semicircular projection, containing the royal emblem. The plate bears a Sanskrit inscription of the 13th century A. D., consisting of 35 lines, 22 engraved on the obverse and 13
on the reverse. The emblem on the present plate occupies a position different from that of the
Chittagong and Mehar plates of Dāmōdaradēva. The human figure on the plate under study
occurs on the reverse, while on the obverse is carved the simple double-lined disc of the sun
set within a double-lined crescent. There is no pedestal as we find in the Mehar plate and
the sun is also not rayed. On the whole, though the crescent is well drawn, the circle of the disc
is crudely outlined. The design on the reverse seems to tally with the figures of the Mehar plate ;
but the drawing is not clear-cut. In the Mehar plate one can clearly distinguish one figure fallen
prostrate on the ground with the right leg drawn in and face turned up, and the other figures sitting
on the back of the fallen man, with his left hand holding the latter’s hair and the right hand raised
 JASB, Vol. XLIII (1874), part i, pp. 318-24, and Plate VIII.
 Above, XXVII, pp. 182-191.