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

Herman Tull hwtull at MSN.COM
Mon Feb 14 13:42:56 UTC 2011

A quick web search shows that there is at least one author (B. Indraji, 
1876, is generally cited) who proposed that Panini invented the Brahmi 
system of writing numerals.

Herman Tull
Princeton, NJ

-----Original Message----- 
From: Dominik Wujastyk
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 6:19 AM
To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] FW: [INDOLOGY] What is the writing on the attached 

Indeed !

The diagram in the background, behind the writing Panini, has the general
look as a jyotiṣa jātaka or horoscope chart, but with the Brāhmī numerals in
the 12 positions, instead of the zodiac.  And what's that sun doing in the
top right corner?


On 14 February 2011 04:16, Hans Henrich Hock <hhhock at illinois.edu> wrote:

> ... or in having Pāṇini *write*
> Hans Henrich Hock
> On 13 Feb 2011, at 20:59, Deshpande, Madhav wrote:
>  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.
>> best,
>> Matthew
>> 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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