Fwd: stone-inscriptions from Sichuan

Michael Witzel witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Dec 9 22:37:58 UTC 2010

The same kind of inscriptions are found in the province to the south  
of Sichuan, in Yunnan, more precisely in Dali.
Preserved in the Dali Museum (and many more in the Kunming Museum).
These are  the same style of Buddhist inscriptions, in early Nagari,  
with calendar animals: Tiger/Dragon, etc.

Dali (Nanchao) was a Buddhist kingdom until the Mongols did them in  
in 1253. Still, 3 major pagodas (9th c. and later) remain.

I took some video files of the inscriptions at Dali last summer  
(unfortunately no still photos, as my camera did not work); they are  
several/many  MB long. I will try to attach/upload a small size  one  
(704 KB). The one with animals is 26 MB!

The same kind of script is used elsewhere, for example at Feilai  
Peak, Hangzhou, 11th c., of which I have a large size rubbing.



On Dec 9, 2010, at 4:24 AM, Christophe Vielle wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> A kind of botanical gardens/agreement park in Belgium has acquired  
> 150 stone-inscriptions from Sichuan, as you can see samples in the  
> pictures here attached. Has somebody already see such a naagarii- 
> type script (for writing what looks like Sanskrit?) coming from  
> that part of China ?
> I already found that the French EFEO researcher Liying Kuo works on  
> "dhaara.nii pillars" from China:
> see her paper on « Inscriptions on "Stone Banners" (shichuang):  
> Text and Context », Actes du colloque Chinese Epigraphical  
> Documents: Projects and Perspectives, édité par Takata Tokio,  
> Institut de recherches de sciences humaines (Jimbun kagaku  
> kenkyujo), Université de Kyoto (http://coe21.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ 
> sekkoku2006.pdf), p. 37-51
> But I am not sure that we have in this case a similar material,
> Anyway (a fake cannot be excluded; the three pictures can be  
> furnished in a higher resolution), if somebody is expert and  
> interested in such a matter, I can give his name to the owner.
> Best wishes,
> Christophe Vielle
>> Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 13:46:35 +0100
>> Monsieur le Professeur,
>> Pairidaiza ( Parc Paradisio) a acquis 150 tablettes en pierre  
>> gravées en Dongba  et en Sanskrit.
>> Ces tablettes proviennent du Sichuan.
>> Nous serions désireux d'en réaliser la traduction.
>> Vous trouverez en annexe des photos de ces tablettes.
>> Auriez-vous l'amabilité de nous indiquer si votre département  
>> pourrait réaliser cette tâche, ou à défaut, qui pourrait le  
>> faire ?
>> Dans l'attente de votre  réponse, je vous prie d'agréer, Monsieur  
>> le Professeur, l'expression de mes sentiments distingués.
>> Marc Domb
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Michael Witzel
witzel at fas.harvard.edu

Dept. of Sanskrit & Indian Studies, Harvard University
1 Bow Street,
Cambridge MA 02138, USA

phone: 1- 617 - 495 3295, 496 8570, fax 617 - 496 8571;
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