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Conch shell
Title Conch shell
Museum Name Archaeological Survey of India, NagarjunaKonda
Gallery Name Reserve Collection - 02
Object Type Art object
Main Material Shell
Provenance Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Find Place N XXIV, Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Patron/Dynasty Ikshvaku period
Period / Year of Work C. 3rd/4th century CE
Inscription Legend reads "Bhagavato atha bhuja samisa", exterior glaze partly oxidized.
Dimensions 23.6 cm x 13.5 cm.
Detailed Description Conch shell used as trumpet; largest specimen from Nagarjunakonda, with an inscription which runs as "Bhagavato Athabhujasamisa" in typical Ikshavvaku characters; incised decoration depicts two columns on a terraced pedestal, one of the columns is surmounted by Chakra-capital signifyi9ng the temple of Vishnu; Chakra or wheel is eight-spoked, its circumference decorated with designs very similar to triratna motif; the other column appears to be a flag-staff; a hole is provided at the nether end of the sankha. From Sector N XXIV, Site 29 (Ashtabhujsvamin temple) from the central shrine, Ikshavaku level.
Brief Description Inscribed conch with apertures at the vertex and the bottom; eight spokes wheel design with a central hub encased in a cuspidal design mounted over a capitalled pillar design, in parallel juxtaposition an ornate goad, both mounted over a pedestal comprising of four regular rectangular blocks. Legend reads "Bhagavato atha bhuja samisa"; exterior glaze partly oxidized.