FW: [INDOLOGY] What is the writing on the attached image?

Deshpande, Madhav mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Mon Feb 14 02:59:17 UTC 2011

Thanks to all those who have pointed out that the characters on the postage stamp of Panini represent Brahmi numerals 1-9.  I wonder what the designer of the stamp had in his mind in putting these numerals on the stamp.  Best,

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
202 South Thayer Street, Suite 6111
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1608, USA
From: mkapstei at uchicago.edu [mkapstei at uchicago.edu]
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2011 8:55 PM
To: Deshpande, Madhav
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] What is the writing on the attached image?

Hi Madhav,

They show the Brahmi numerals.


Matthew T. Kapstein
Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies
The University of Chicago Divinity School
Directeur d'études
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

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