[INDOLOGY] Russian 14 cent. Birchbark MSS from Novgorod

Richard Mahoney r.mahoney at indica-et-buddhica.org
Thu Oct 23 12:24:46 EDT 2014


Dear Dominik,

And as an aside ... we even had a popular medium of own:

Brachyglottis repanda, Bushmans Friend, Rangiora
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/13866/rangiora-leaves

The back of the leaf is easy to write on and was until relatively
recently accepted by our Post Office, though you'd need a few bushes for
a good sized project :)


Best, Richard




On 23/10/14 23:04, Klaus Karttunen wrote:
> In Scandinavia and Russia birch bark was formerly used for many kinds
> of handicrafts, so bark was commonly collected and thus easily 
> available. Best, Klaus
> 
> Klaus Karttunen South Asian and Indoeuropean Studies Asian and 
> African Studies, Department of World Cultures PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38 
> B) 00014 University of Helsinki, FINLAND Tel +358-(0)2941 4482418 Fax
> +358-(0)2941 22094 Klaus.Karttunen at helsinki.fi 
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> On Oct 23, 2014, at 12:56 PM, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
> 
>> I am, in fact, aware that birch trees are ubiquitous in Europe and 
>> Russia.  Sites of manufacture and distribution are a different 
>> matter.  I don't suppose scribes just went into their nearby woods
>>  and scraped off some bark for their next Gospel project.
>> 
>> On 20 October 2014 14:11, Ingo Strauch <ingo.strauch at fu-berlin.de 
>> <mailto:ingo.strauch at fu-berlin.de>> wrote:
>> 
>> Do you think, there aren't enough birch trees in Russia?
>> 
>> Am 20.10.14 14:02, schrieb Dominik Wujastyk:
>>> 
>>> 
>>> http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/world/europe/where-mud-is-archaeological-gold-russian-history-grew-on-trees.html?referrer=
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>>> 
etched?  Doesn't seem likely, and doesn't look like it in the
>>> photo.  Kashmir was a major source of birchbark at this period. 
>>> Could the Novgorod scrolls be on bark from Kashmir? Dominik 
>>> Wujastyk, from Android phone.
>>> 
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