Fw: Sanskrit Vimilakirti
witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Dec 20 04:25:21 UTC 2001
I wondered about this a few days ago, when M.Fushimi, one of our Japanese
Grad. students, showed me another newspaper clip with some unclear photos,
apparently those of a *paper* ms. with a script that vaguely looked like
Newari script. -- Anyhow, paper at 750 CE just doesn't fit.
Now, I have received a slightly better photo from another Jpn newspaper,
attached here as jpeg, if Liverpool will take it.
Otherwise you can view it at:
(turn 90* for Jpn. text!)
As scholars have said (below), this clearly is early *eastern* Nagari
(look at the -t -),
however not that of, say c. 1000 CE, but later, say 1150/1200 CE,
(look at C+ya! or note the r + C on top of line, or C+ i ), among others.
The photos seem to show a (heavy, country style or card board style) paper
ms., not a palm leaf as the news reports have it; also, the size is a bit
unusual for palm leaves (6 X 30 cm.): 6cm is just a little too high ...
For the rest, I guess L. Sanders has it right: a copy of a an earlier one
with a Gopala (Pala dyn.) time colophon that was copied into the new 1200
Paper at 1200 CE remains a problem, but we have a few early paper mss
(c.1100 if I remember correctly) from Jaina bhandars in Gujarat/Rajasthan.
<slightly-- better photos of the VKN ms at:
concensus of scholars who have seen the photos in the web
>site listed above (including Lore Sander), is that the ms dates to
>the 11-12 c (paleographically), and the colophon (if read correctly)
>was likely copied from its source.
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