On The Antiquity of Nepalese Metalcraft: The Buddha of Guita Bahi

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Figure 7: Inscription on the rear side of the stone pedestal of Śākyamuni Buddha
Nepal, inscription dated Śaka samvat 464, (542 CE)
on the back of the pedestal of the main deity of Prathama Śrī Mahāvihāra. (Prathamaśrī mahāvihārayā gandhurī devatā)
This photo shows the window built into the rear wall of the shrine so that the inscription on the rear of the base of the sculpture of Śākyamuni can be viewed by visitors in the circumambulation corridor.

photo IA November 19 2017

For photographs of this inscription before the circumambulation corridor was reconstructed, see the next image, Fig. 8

For a description, reading and notes of this inscription, see Appendix I, Inscription fig. 4 rear dated ŚS 464, CE 542:
The Guita Bahi Buddha Licchavi Inscription By Kashinath Tamot with Dr. Nayanath Paudel
and also
The Standing Buddha of Guita Bahi
Part II, History and Notes
by Kashinath Tamot, forthcoming

Citations; Published:
Rajbanshi, Shyam Sundar, 2016, “Pāṭan guitabahīko aprakāśita licchavikālakā abhilekha. (Unpublished inscription of Licchavi Period from Patan Guita Bahi)”. Abhilekha (National Archives, Kathmandu), No. 33 (VS 2072), pp. 74-76, photo on rubbing p. 76.