seal (writing & printing)

Circular wax seal impression, with red and gold tasseled cords attached. The seal is inscribed in Indo-Persian, following an honorific formula. The inscription gives the name Narsinghadev, an official of an 'emperor' Bhagvant Singha, and dates that are clearly equivalent to AD 1838-39 and 1859-60. The first probably refers to the king's accession, and the latter the current date. They must refer to Rana Bhagwant Singh, GCSI (1823 – 7 February 1873) the Jat ruler of Dholpur state (1836 - 1873) in Rajasthan, India. GCSI = Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India. The seal would be affixed to any official document: but we are not told Narsinghadev's specific function. The impression is of exactly the same seal as 13.2.48/13 and 13.2.48/15.

Wax seals are still commonly used to secure the padlocked doors and gates of important cabinets, offices and buildings in India and Pakistan.


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