Dear Clemency

The two Tibetan texts are both short ritual texts. The first is a bsangs (incense-offering) text. With the second it's difficult to say without seeing more because the contents as David points out are pretty generic, just a long list of homages to standard recipients.

Best wishes


University of Sydney

Buddhist Studies Programme

From: INDOLOGY <> on behalf of David and Nancy Reigle <>
Sent: 24 October 2015 14:09
To: Clemency Montelle
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Indic Script identification: De Jong Collection Manuscripts
Dear Clemency,

The two images that you have labelled Tibetan Manuscript 1 and Tibetan Manuscript 2 are definitely in Tibetan. Possibly if we had a scan of the other side of the folio in Tibetan Manuscript 2 we could determine the title. After the first phrase, which continues a sentence from the other side, it gives a series of homages: homage to the Buddha, homage to the dharma, homage to the sangha, etc.

Best regards,

David Reigle
Colorado, U.S.A.

On Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 1:03 AM, Clemency Montelle <> wrote:
Dear Colleagues,

I'm preparing a small exhibition on the De Jong collection that is now held by the University of Canterbury in New Zealand ( as part of initiatives to make this scholarly asset more visible to the research community (and university officials so they are reminded of its worth and importance!)

I found in some of the archival boxes several manuscripts that I would like to put on display, but I'm having trouble identifying the scripts of them.

Two images appear to be from a Palm Leaf manuscript in some sort of South Indian script but I can't put my finger on it exactly.

The other two images appear to be in Tibetan.  Could someone kindly confirm this for me?

(I'm busy getting the librarians to take images of the final folia in case I can make out a colophon...)

Any help greatly appreciated!

With best wishes,


Dr Clemency Montelle

School of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha

Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140


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