Nepalese clay token
Actual size 19.8 x 21.9 mm
Shown here item looks made from clay.
Obverse: Tibet inscription (inscription style near XIX Century) - it
was my first suggestion, but please read message below.
Total meaning of that item is not clear for me yet.
Message from Jan Lingen, ONS (01-Feb-98):
In my e-mail message of 15 January 1998 I mentioned that the Tibetan clay
token you showed on your web-side probably is not Tibetan but medieval
Indeed this is confirmed by Mr. Nicholas Rhodes who wrote to me:
clay piece looks certainly Nepalese. It is a religious donative object,
found in Buddhist temples throughout the Himalayan region and called
in Tibetan. The grey clay, often with traces of mica, is typical of examples
made in Kathmandu and the lettering looks like a mediaeval script of perhaps
13th-14th century - certainly not 19th Century. Objects of this type do
date back to Lichhavi times, and an example is illustrated in D.R. Regmi's
book "Inscriptions of Ancient Nepal". I have a specimen with beautiful
Lichhavi period script, excavated in Nepal in the late 1960's. However, I am
rather suspicious of this example, as the lettering is cruder than early
specimens I have seen - the last two letters on the second line are even
written in retrograde - !!! - and my Sanskrit is not good enough to determine whether the whole legend
Late Carlo Valdettaro found some similar pieces in Nepal in the
1970's, if my memory serves me right, but he was not convinced of their
authenticity - so the piece could either be a relatively modern fake, or a
genuine Tsa-tsa of the 13-14th century - I hesitate to say which, but tend
towards the thought that it may be genuine. What is certain is that it had
no monetary function, and is of not great value now. Clearly my views are
the same as yours."
Any additional comments on that coin would be appreciated.
You can sent it to Vladimir Belyaev .