[INDOLOGY] Crowdfunding for Gandhari manuscripts
baums at lmu.de
Fri May 3 07:45:14 UTC 2019
thank you for your post – this is very interesting, both the
material and the crowdfunding experiment!
I have three questions about the two scrolls and the plans you
have for them:
1. How extensive are the preserved texts? Some other fragments
of the Pratyutpannabuddhasaṃmukhāvasthitasamādhisūtra scroll
were just published in JIABS
Harrison, Paul, Timothy Lenz and Richard Salomon. 2018.
“Fragments of a Gāndhārī Manuscript of the
in Gāndhārī Manuscripts 1).” Journal of the International
Association of Buddhist Studies 41: 117–143.
but those amount to a total of only eleven partial lines:
Are the new fragments more substantial? Concerning the
Samādhirājasūtra, only the left half of the scroll appears
to be preserved, i.e., half of each line will be missing.
How many lines are in that fragment?
2. Which concrete tasks do you plan to use the funding you
raise for – research assistants, travel, equipment? The
crowdfunding description only has a very general reference
to “research, consulting and resources.”
3. Images of these two scrolls in their rolled‐up state (like
the one you show on your page) were circulated fifteen years
ago by a London‐based art dealer looking for a buyer. Are
the scrolls with you in Sydney now? Did you buy them?
Stefan Baums, Ph.D.
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie
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