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There are many regrets to be entertained over the treatment of the inscriptions of Java. Many inscriptions are well preserved and relatively accessible to the public in the courtyard of the National Museum in Jakarta, but there are many others that suffer from poor documentation, especially at the hands of their most prominent epigraphers.

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Given its prominence as one of the largest and certainly the most elaborately decorated Buddhist stūpas in the world, it is regrettable that a foundation inscription giving a firm date, name, or patron for the Barabudur monument has never been found. In the absence of a foundation inscription, a number of scholars have proposed and examined a variety of dating indicators. This article assesses past efforts to attempt a dating of the Barabu∂ur monument, and offers a new hypothesis on the dating and founder.

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