Auteur : Emmanuel Francis

Cataloging and digitizing estampages of inscriptions from Leiden University Library

A blogpost by Arlo Griffiths Thanks to colonial-period connections not only with scholars and institutions in the Dutch East-Indies, but also with archaeologists in British India, the Leiden University library (UBL) holds a number of documents relevant to the study of Indonesian and Indian epigraphy. To begin with, its holds a massive collection of archaeological photographs, including hundreds of photographs of inscriptions, most significantly from the photographic series of the former Oudheidkundige Dienst in Nederlandsch-Indië, from the photo collections of the former Kern Institute. … Continue reading Cataloging and digitizing estampages of inscriptions from Leiden University Library

BnF INDIEN 478: Cāmināta Piḷḷai’s Nacaraikkalampakam

A blogpost by Margherita Trento The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 478 is BnF Indien 478 (ex-Tamoul 478) is a palm-leaf bundle (440 x 25 mm) between wooden planks containing the manuscripts of two poems, the Nacaraikkalampakam by Vittuvāṉ Cāmināta Piḷḷai (unfoliated f.1A, f.2A, and 57 ff.), and the Caṟuvēcuraṉ catakam (also spelled Caṟuvvīcuraṉ catakam) by a certain Ñāṉappirakācam (unfoliated f.1B, f.2B, and 26 ff.) (Cabaton 1912, p. 68). The first unfoliated folio in the bundle functions as title-folio for the whole … Continue reading BnF INDIEN 478: Cāmināta Piḷḷai’s Nacaraikkalampakam

dharma in inscriptions 2

dharma-yuvamahārāja-śrī-viṣṇugopa
“The glorious Viṣṇugopa, Crown prince [according to] dharma”
Uruvupalli copper-plate grant, Andhra Pradesh, India, 5th c.
DHARMA/EIAD/PALLAVA11.3r4=16
Photo by Emmanuel Francis 2017 ◊ Courtesy of University Library of…

Paris Online Workshop, March 2020

The DHARMA Project had scheduled its 3rd General Assembly and a 3-day workshop at Boulevard Raspail from March 16th to 18th. Due to corona-virus the initial programme has been adapted to videoconference. The 3rd General Assembly took place on Monday 16th while the PIs and engineers had a full-day discussion on Tuesday 17th. The discussions were bearing about various topics: The DHARMA Encoding Guide (EG, v1 to be released soon) The Metadata/teiHeader The website and its search engine The epigraphical glossary The transformation scenario … Continue reading Paris Online Workshop, March 2020

BnF INDIEN 720: Eye-Copy of an Indian Inscription

The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 720 is BnF BnF INDIEN 720 (ex- Indien 74; Cabaton, Catalogue sommaire, 1912, p. 104) is a large paper sheet (approximately 196 x 98 cm; Fig. 1). It is made of several sheets pasted one to another on their edges. It bears the eye-copy of an unindentified inscription, presumably from India or a neighbouring South Asian country (Figs. 2‒3). The old access No. “Ind. 74” is inscribed in black ink on the folded sheet (Fig. 4). … Continue reading BnF INDIEN 720: Eye-Copy of an Indian Inscription

BnF INDIEN 338: Kantapurāṇakatai

The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 338 is BnF BnF INDIEN 338 (ex- Tamoul 338; Cabaton, Catalogue sommaire, 1912, p. 49) is a paper codex (385 x 250 x 9 mm) with a leather cover (Fig. 1). It contains the Kantapūrāṇakatai, which appears to be a prose rendering/epitome of the Kantapurāṇam of Kacciyappa Civācāriyar, departing somehow from this version. For instance, at the end of Kacciyappa Civācāriyar’s Kantapurāṇam, after marrying Vaḷḷi, Murukaṉ goes near the Kailāsa mountain, introduces Vaḷḷi to his first … Continue reading BnF INDIEN 338: Kantapurāṇakatai

BnF INDIEN 336: Kantappurāṇaccurukkam

The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 336 is BnF BnF INDIEN 336 (ex- Indien 336; described by Cabaton under the entry INDIEN 337, Catalogue sommaire, 1912, p. 49) is a palm-leaf bundle of 110 folios (355 x 35 to 40 mm; Figs. 1‒2). It contains is the Kantappurāṇaccurukkam, a verse epitome, by Campantacaraṇālayacuvāmi, of the Kantappurāṇam, the Tamil version of the Skandapurāṇa. It comes from the Ariel collection and is thus for sure earlier than 1855. There is unfortunately no colophon with … Continue reading BnF INDIEN 336: Kantappurāṇaccurukkam

BnF INDIEN 728: Alphabet and Grammar of Malayalam by Valentinus Manfredus

The source of all the pictures of INDIEN 728 is BnF BnF INDIEN 728 (ex- Indien 82; Cabaton, Catalogue sommaire, 1912, p. 106) is a handwritten paper book/codex (330 x 220 x 18 mm). It is an alphabet and grammar of Malayalam in Latin by Valentinus Manfredus (Valentin Manfred? Valentino Manfredi?), a Carmelite missionary in Malabar (South-West coast of India) (Fig. 1). The book (Fig. 2) consists, besides its front and back covers, in   3 front guard folios, blank except for the recto … Continue reading BnF INDIEN 728: Alphabet and Grammar of Malayalam by Valentinus Manfredus

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

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