[INDOLOGY] 600 (and 1000)

rajam rajam at earthlink.net
Sat Feb 20 18:32:50 UTC 2016

Thanks for the information! This is very interesting for me since I’m currently trying to understand the earliest available attestations of coding and decoding ancient Tamil numerals and counting system.

However, I’m not able to decipher the attached image — how 100 and 6 are represented? Is there a chart which specifies equating individual signs, symbols, and numerals?

Thanks and regards,

> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Arlo Griffiths <arlogriffiths at hotmail.com>
> To: INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
> Date: February 20, 2016 at 1:34:38 AM PST
> Subject: [INDOLOGY] 600 (and 1000)
> Colleagues,
> In Bühler's Palaeography, table IX, I find one specimen for the numeral sign 600 (clearly built on the signs for 100 and 6). I'd be grateful for reference to (and images of) other specimens of 600, especially such as might less clearly be built on the signs 100 and 6. Specimens of signs for 1000 are also welcome.
> All of this in an effort to understand how the attached clipping could mean 1000+600 = 1600, which is contextually what it has to mean. (I have less trouble with 1000 than with 600.)
> Thank you.
> Arlo Griffiths
> École française d'Extrême-Orient
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