[INDOLOGY] help with inscription

Nataliya Yanchevskaya markandeia at gmail.com
Thu Jan 9 12:49:39 UTC 2020

Dear Matthew,
It seems that the first syllable with a ligature is -lki; the part after
"vijaya" is probably "sa" (but "su" would make more sense – hard to see
The whole thing looks like: namaḥ kalki-vijaya-sukīrtaye ("sa" and "ta" are
written almost like in Bengali, as well as "e" in "ye").
Is it possible in this case?
Just my two cents, I hope a specialist in paleography will do better.
Best wishes,

On Thu, Jan 9, 2020 at 6:29 AM Matthew Kapstein via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear friends,
> I am wondering if some of those who are better paleographers than I might
> help me to read this. It comes from a Tibetan manuscript and so may not
> make coherent sense, as it is a Tibetan attempt to write Sanskrit.
> What I see is:
> na maḥ ka? chche? vi ja ya bhā? [or tā?] pā dā ya//
> The three syllables marked with interrogation are the ones that are giving
> me trouble. It is a line of homage addressed perhaps to a teacher named lha
> mthong lo tsA ba bshes gnyen rnam rgyal, whose proper name, in a calque
> back translation into Sanskrit, would be
> mitra-vijaya. His title lha mthong lo tsA ba ("translator from Lha
> mthong") would not normally be put into Sanskrit, but there's no fixed rule
> that it should not. However, the identification is not certain and, in any
> case, Tibetan teachers typically had several variant names.
> thanks in advance for your suggestions,
> Matthew
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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