No. 8.─ MAYIDAVOLU PLATES OF SIVASKANDAVARMAN.
BY. E. HULTZSCH, PH.D. ; DRESDEN.
These copper-plates were found about the middle of 1899 by a man who was digging the
soil of a field in the pâḍu or abandoned village north of Mayidavôlu. The pâḍu is about four
acres in extent and contains the ruins of a small old temple. Mayidavôlu is a small village
12 miles east of Narasarâvupêṭa, the head-quarters of a tâluka of the Kistna district. As good
luck would have it, the find of the plates came to the notice of that zealous antiquarian, Mr. J.
Ramayya, B.A., B.L., to whom epigraphy is already indebted for the Chikkulla plates (above,
Vol. IV. p. 193) and the Tottaramûḍi plates (ibid. p. 318). He forwarded the plates to
Mr. Venkayya, who sent me three sets of ink-impressions and the following description of the
original :─ “ Eight plates and fifteen sides. The length of the plates varies from 6⅞″ to 7″. As
regards the breadth, the plates are slightly narrower in the middle than at the ends ; the average
may be taken as 2¼″. The plates were held together by a ring which is 3¼″ in diameter and ¼″
thick ; it has been cut by me before taking the impressions. The ends of the ring are secured in
an elliptical seal which measure very nearly 1½″ X 1¼″. The seal bears in relief an animal
couchant and facing the proper right─ apparently a bull, as it has a hump on its back─ and
 See Mr. Sewell’s Lists of Antiquities, Vol. I. p. 72.