[INDOLOGY] rubrication in Indian mss.

Matthew Kapstein mkapstei at uchicago.edu
Mon Nov 23 08:47:28 UTC 2015

Dear Dominic,

A little passage like this is a treasure. Is there any possibility that mṛtsnā
refers to an agent that may have been used to treat the leaves so as to
keep them supple and/or free of insects, etc.? Or might it have
been used in smoothing the leaves? A useful summary of palm-leaf writing technology -
refers to several such agents, though none are earths (as one would expect
mṛtsnā to have been). (The illuminated folio labeled in the article as fig. 1.2 must be
much earlier than the 18th c. date assigned to it here, by the way.)


Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago

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