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Indian Bhugola

The 'Bhugola' or 'Earth-Ball' is a thin brass box, made in the 16th century, engraved with a representation of the earth as known in Hindu cosmology. The engraving is very rich, the general scheme being based around bands of land separated by seas, both liberally populated with figures. Deities such as Brahma and Shiva are seen in the mountains while humans and animals inhabit the lowlands. Each area of the Bhugola is labelled in Sanskrit and as a whole it bears the inscription: 'In the Saka year 1493 in the region of the earth-lord Viraji by Ksema Karna the learned was the earth-ball created.'

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