[INDOLOGY] Mystery manuscripts

Marco Franceschini franceschini.marco at fastwebnet.it
Sun Jun 5 21:26:53 UTC 2016

Dear McComas,

the folio in IMG_2080 to IMG_2082 gives the final part of the last śloka of the Devībhāgavatapurāṇa (12th skandha, 14th adhyāya): varddhayitvāśiṣāṃbācaraṇakamalabhṛṃgo nirjjagāmātha sutaḥ / iti caturddāśāddhyāyaḥ / – sarvvacaitanyarupāṃ […]

It is probably worth noting that the manuscript in your IMG_2069 to IMG_2078 is quite similar to a manuscript of the Devīmāhātmya in the Cambridge University Library (MS-OR-02344), with reference both to the hand that wrote them (strongly influenced by Malayalam script) and to the particular kind of palm leaves used. The Cambridge manuscript has been digitized and is fully accessible: http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-OR-02344/1 . It was copied by some Nārāyaṇan in 1908: although I wouldn’t go so far as to state that the two manuscripts were written by the same scribe, I’m reasonably sure that your manuscript is the same age as the Cambridge one. 

Best wishes,


Il giorno 05/giu/2016, alle ore 07:31, McComas Taylor <McComas.Taylor at anu.edu.au> ha scritto:

> Dear Colleagues
> Some weeks ago a friend brought in these mystery manuscripts that he purchased in Tamil Nadu 40 years ago. I have taken a dozen images and zipped them together - we would be very grateful if anyone could help us identify them
> https://alliance.anu.edu.au/access/content/user/u3936301/Mysyer_mss/Archive.zip
> Thanks in advance
> McComas
> McComas Taylor, Associate Professor
> Reader in Sanskrit
> College of Asia and the Pacific
> The Australian National University, Tel. + 61 2 6125 3179
> Website: https://sites.google.com/site/mccomasanu/
> Address: Baldessin Building 4.24, ANU, ACT 0200
> Spoken Sanskrit in three minutes? Go on. Try it!
> _______________________________________________
> INDOLOGY mailing list
> INDOLOGY at list.indology.info
> indology-owner at list.indology.info (messages to the list's managing committee)
> http://listinfo.indology.info (where you can change your list options or unsubscribe)

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://list.indology.info/pipermail/indology/attachments/20160605/500975ee/attachment.htm>

More information about the INDOLOGY mailing list