[INDOLOGY] paleographic question

Camillo Formigatti camillo.formigatti at bodleian.ox.ac.uk
Mon Dec 14 17:20:58 UTC 2020

Dear Matthew,

I briefly discuss this topic in a 2016 article, which you can download from Brill's website:

Formigatti, Camillo A. " 6 A Forgotten Chapter in South Asian Book History? A Bird's Eye View of Sanskrit Print Culture". In Tibetan Printing: Comparisons, Continuities and Change, (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2016) doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004316256_008

(You can find my thoughts about it on p. 84 and following. By the way, I have continued my research on the issue since then and I have a more informed opinion now, which I can share with you off list.)

Best wishes,


Dr Camillo A. Formigatti
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From: Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>
Sent: 14 December 2020 14:50
To: indology <indology at list.indology.info>
Subject: [INDOLOGY] paleographic question

Dear friends,

When and where does one first see the development of the ornamental script known in Nepal as Rañjana (Tib. Lantsha)? I'm assuming Pala-period Bihar/Bengal, but would be pleased to be corrected about this or to receive greater specification.

thanks in advance,

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

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago

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