[INDOLOGY] diagram of vāstupuruṣa on manuscripts

jacob at fabularasa.dk jacob at fabularasa.dk
Fri Mar 8 00:08:41 UTC 2024

Hi Dagmar,

Are you only looking for the provenance of the attached image, or are 
you looking for manuscript illustrations of vāstupuruṣamaṇḍalas in 

If you are looking for the latter, I am aware of an uninscribed example 
in a 17th-century Nepalese manuscript at the Los Angeles County Museum 
of Art:


Best regards,
Jacob Schmidt-Madsen

Dagmar Wujastyk via INDOLOGY skrev den 2024-03-07 23:57:
> Unfortunately Volwahsen only states "from an old Indian manual of
> architecture" - at least in the English version. I don't have a copy
> of the German version.
> All the best,
> Dagmar
> On Thu, 7 Mar 2024 at 15:51, Hock, Hans Henrich <hhhock at illinois.edu>
> wrote:
>> Perhaps this might help in tracking the origin of the drawing?
>> Volwahsen, Andreas (1968): _Indien. Bauten der Hindus, Buddhisten
>> und Jains_. Fribourg. S. 44
>> Best wishes,
>> HHH
>>> On Mar 7, 2024, at 16:25, Dagmar Wujastyk via INDOLOGY
>>> <INDOLOGY at list.indology.info> wrote:
>>> Dear colleagues,
>>> We are all familiar with the diagram of the vāstupuruṣa (image
>>> attached from Volwahsen 1969). Does anyone know whether this
>>> image/diagram is found in any manuscripts of the Bṛhatsamhitā
>>> (or another work?) or whether this is a modern drawing (perhaps by
>>> Kramrisch)? If this image occurs on manuscripts, can anyone tell
>>> me the date(s) of such manuscripts or any other information on
>>> them?
>>> Any pointer would be welcome.
>>> Many thanks,
>>> Dagmar Wujastyk
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