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Text Two lines on two faces written in Old Cam.
Date 9th century Śaka (9th-10th CE).
Origin Shrine of Miếu Thằng Gù (Tĩnh Yên, Duy Thu, Duy Xuyên, Quảng Nam).
The “énigmatique dalle” on which this inscription is engraved was found at the “petite pagode” near the “vestiges à Tĩnh Yên” first reported in Parmentier 1909: 285, which must be identifiable with the shrine Miếu Thằng Gù that we visited on 26 November 2011. Its general shape, and particularly its lotus ornament, were described, with drawings in side and top view, in Parmentier 1918: 243, fig. 247. In neither of these publications does Parmentier mention the inscription. The existence of the inscription was first mentioned in the second supplement to the inventory of Campā inscriptions published in 1942 (IC, vol. II, p. 208), where the type of object was wrongly stated to be a socle, and the language of the inscription was misidentified as Sanskrit. We found the slab behind the building of the Bảo Tàng Văn Hóa Sa Huỳnh-Champa Duy Xuyên (Duy Xuyên Museum of Sa Huỳnh-Champa Culture) on 14 November 2011, and were able to identify it as C. 198 a few days later. It then bore no local inventory number. We were informed on 23 November 2011 that the object had been found by a Mr. Thân Vinh Lộc in the Miếu Thằng Gù.
Edition(s) This inscription is edited here for the first time.