rsalomon at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Wed Jun 3 00:23:47 UTC 2009
There may be some further information on this topic in S.M. Katre's Indian
Textual Criticism. (If this was mentioned previously, please excuse.)
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From: "Michael Witzel" <witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU>
To: <INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: Manuscript glosses
> Corrections are written on any margin: left, right, top or bottom and
> usually marked by a small cross (looks like this +), kakapada, or also
> some other sign(s).
> This can be found from Kashmir to Comorin, whatever the script. (Not to
> be confused with secondary word dividers or Vedic accents).
> Sometimes also found above the word, especially as small glosses,
> tippani. In old MSS and in more recent ones. (I have seen it in those
> from c. 1150-1800, don't remember it for older ones such as the
> Skandapurana from Nepal, early 9th c., or Gandhara and Xinjiang MSS).
> Paleontologists have discussed this before, since Buehler. A nice list is
> found in a local Nepalese paleography which I do not have at hand now.
> On Jun 2, 2009, at 1:27 PM, Ashok Aklujkar wrote:
>> In the name avacuur.ni/nii used for a commentary or subcommentary type,
>> intention behind using the prefix ava could originally have been to
>> that the glosses are written below -- below the lines or in the lower
>> of pages. I recall seeing mss where the avacuur.ni was written in the
>> parts of pages, but I do not recall if the mss concerned were old or
>> The avacuur.ni/.nii type seems to have been more common among the Jains
>> in the central-western part of India (Gujarat-Rajasthan area).
>> My impression, however, is that corrections, additions and glosses are
>> commonly written in the left and right margins.
>> ashok aklujkar
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