Auteur : Emmanuel Francis

BnF INDIEN 432: A Tamil Alphabet

The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 432 is BnF BnF INDIEN 432 (ex- Tamoul 432; Cabaton, Catalogue sommaire, 1912, p. 61; Figs. 1‒2) is a bundle of 22 palm leaves (295 x 20/25 mm1) with two faceted cover wooden planks, probably original, that is, not made on purpose at the BnF, like for other bundles. Cabaton dates the manuscript to 1835, but nowhere are mentioned the reasons for this date. The exact provenance is unknown. A thread passes through the single hole … Continue reading BnF INDIEN 432: A Tamil Alphabet

BnF INDIEN 528: Five Tamil Alphabets

The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 528 is BnF BnF INDIEN 528 (ex- Tamoul 528; Cabaton, Catalogue sommaire, Paris, 1912, p. 74; Figs. 1‒2) is a bundle of 15 regular palm leaves of same dimensions (370 x 45 mm) protected by two cover wooden planks. It contains five Tamil alphabets or syllabaries (French “syllabaires”) from Sri Lanka. The manuscript is in a very good state of preservation. It has one hole only, through which a thread passes in. The thread is sealed … Continue reading BnF INDIEN 528: Five Tamil Alphabets

Fieldnotes: Uttiramērūr, Tamil Nadu, August 2019

On August 24 & 25, 2019, Emmanuel Francis (CNRS) and Babu N. Ramaswamy (EFEO, Pondicherry) surveyed the site of Uttiramērūr உத்திரமேரூர் or Uttaramērūr உத்தரமேரூர், focussing on the Vaikuṇṭhaperumāḷ temple (12°36’55.19″N, 79°45’29.63″E; Fig. 1), which, rather than a usual temple was … Continue reading

BnF INDIEN 189: Grammar of Tamil by P. de La Lane

A blogpost by Cristina Muru The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 189 is BnF BnF INDIEN 189 (ex- Tamoul 189) consists in 28 paper leaves bound in one volume (260 x 200 mm). An unfoliated folio comes first, bearing the title-page (Fig. 1) on the recto and a preface (“Préface”) on the verso. 26 folios follow, all paginated except for p. 52. The original pagination appears on the upper left corner of the page on the recto of folio and on the … Continue reading BnF INDIEN 189: Grammar of Tamil by P. de La Lane

BnF INDIEN 757 BnF: Sir Walter Elliot’s Impressions of Copper Plates

The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 757 is BnF BnF INDIEN 757 (ex- Indien 112)1 is a bound volume (470 x 340 x 50 mm) which contains impressions of various Indian copper plates (Fig. 1). As indicated in Cabaton’s Catalogue sommaire (1912, p. 111), these were part of the collection of impressions of Sir Walter Elliot. The front guard folio 2 indicates that the volume was given by Friedrich August, Earl of Noer and prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, on August 2nd, 1875 (Fig. … Continue reading BnF INDIEN 757 BnF: Sir Walter Elliot’s Impressions of Copper Plates

INDIEN 508 BnF

The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 508 is BnF BnF INDIEN 508 (ex- Tamoul 508) is a single copper plate (305 x 200 x 1 mm) (Fig. 1) which records five land transactions in Pondicherry in the late 17th and early 18th century. The plate was given to the BnF by Madame Goschler. It is engraved recto and verso in Tamil language and script in sriptio continua (23 lines on the recto, 26 on the verso). The five land transactions are dated … Continue reading INDIEN 508 BnF

INDIEN 188 BnF

INDIEN 188 BnF The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 188 is BnF BnF INDIEN 188 (ex- Tamoul 188) consists in 59 paper leaves bound in one volume (330 x 210 mm). The folios were foliated in the library (57 ff. foliated in black in the upper right corner, followed by 2 ff. blank, left unfoliated). Cabaton in his Catalogue sommaire describes it as follows: “Recueil de trois ouvrages. 1. Alphabet tamoul-français. ― 2. Syllabaire tamoul. ― 3. Déclinaison, conjugaison et syntaxe tamoules, … Continue reading INDIEN 188 BnF

INDIEN 445 BnF

A blogpost by Dr. G. Vijayavenugopal & Emmanuel Francis The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 445 is BnF BnF INDIEN 445 (ex- Tamoul 445) is a bundle of 5 palm-leaf folios (with various measurements and different hands) (Figs. 1‒2). The bundle is framed by two wooden planks, added in the BnF. All the leaves are broken into two halves and this damage seems to have been done long ago as the leaves, which originally had one hole only for the thread, have … Continue reading INDIEN 445 BnF