[INDOLOGY] "Puspika"

Tyler Williams tylerwwilliams at gmail.com
Mon May 15 22:59:42 EDT 2017


Thank you, Nagaraj, Timothy, and Péter-Dániel. The floral aspect certainly
is curious, and does indeed bring to mind a final 'blossoming', and the
decorative fleurons found at the end of some manuscripts.

The reference Bhattacharya's article eventually led me to Radhakanta Deva's
*Śabdakalpadruma*, which is the earliest lexicographical entry for the term
I have so far been able to find. So this usage is at least datable to the
late eighteenth/early nineteenth century.

The search continues...

Best and thanks,
Tyler



On Sat, May 6, 2017 at 8:54 AM, Péter-Dániel Szántó <
peter.daniel.szanto at gmail.com> wrote:

> Fleuron, surely?
>
> On Sat, May 6, 2017 at 2:35 PM, Nagaraj Paturi via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>
>> Now when I see that word origin for colophon has got to do with the peak
>> of a hill, I began to think that those who coined pushpikaa had a bud,
>> the tip of a stem in mind and probably they thought that this, a bud,
>> the tip of a stem  indicates, like peak of a hill,  the end /conclusion.
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sat, May 6, 2017 at 6:48 AM, Nagaraj Paturi <nagarajpaturi at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> To use such an emblem seems to be an influence of western manuscripts.
>>>
>>> On Sat, May 6, 2017 at 6:38 AM, Nagaraj Paturi <nagarajpaturi at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> It can possibly refer to the design /art work used in the manuscripts
>>>> as a colophon.
>>>>
>>>> On Sat, May 6, 2017 at 3:45 AM, Tyler Williams via INDOLOGY <
>>>> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Dear colleagues,
>>>>>
>>>>> Is anyone aware of a publication that addresses the etymology or use
>>>>> of the term puṣpikā/puṣpakā as a closing formula of a text or manuscript?
>>>>> This meaning is not attested in pre-modern North Indian vernaculars, and
>>>>> appears to enter Hindi in the twentieth century via Sanskrit lexicography
>>>>> (i.e. Syamsundardas, author of the *Hindī Śabda Sāgara, *appears to
>>>>> have copied his entry for puspikā from Monier-Williams's dictionary). I've
>>>>> checked a few sources on codicology that use the term, but they give no
>>>>> information on the term itself.
>>>>>
>>>>> With thanks,
>>>>>
>>>>> Tyler Williams
>>>>> University of Chicago
>>>>>
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>>>> Nagaraj Paturi
>>>>
>>>> Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.
>>>>
>>>> Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies
>>>>
>>>> FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,
>>>>
>>>> (Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> Nagaraj Paturi
>>>
>>> Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.
>>>
>>> Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies
>>>
>>> FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,
>>>
>>> (Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Nagaraj Paturi
>>
>> Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.
>>
>> Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies
>>
>> FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,
>>
>> (Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )
>>
>>
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