• The Zotero library underlying the CEToM bibliography is now public and can be viewed here.
  • We would like to thank Prof. Dr. Thomas Oberlies and Pratik Rumde from the Seminar für Indologie und Tibetologie of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen for providing our project with scans of the nachlass of Wilhelm Siegling. The nachlass includes letters to and from Siegling throughout his career that are of great importance to the history of the field of Tocharian studies. This material will be published on CEToM, accompanied by transcriptions of the letters, in the course of 2024.


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A 181

Known as:A 181; THT 814
Cite this page as:Gerd Carling. "A 181". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. (accessed 10 Dec. 2023).


Editor:Gerd Carling


Main find spot:Šorčuq
Specific find spot:Stadthöhle
Expedition code:T III Š 101.12
Collection:Berlin Turfan Collection (BBAW)

Language and Script


Text contents

Text genre:Literary


Manuscript:A 144-211
Material: ink on paper
Number of lines:6


Images from by courtesy of the International Dunhuang Project, the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Orientabteilung.


a1/// lymaṃ kā cc[a] ///
a2/// o ko yā śpā lmeṃ pa ///
a3/// ā pā yäṃ twaṃ kla wa nt· • ///
a4/// ·ñ· prā ka rtā¯ ¯s̝ npre na¯ ¯k ///
a5/// wā saṃ snā ki l· ///
b2/// ka śkaṃ ca m[i] ṣñi ///
b3/// ñcä : 2 śi bi wä¯ ¯l ne [ṣ]ā ·i ///
b4/// [s]·i yā mu ra¯ ¯s̝ : tma kka¯ ¯ts ///
b5/// cä ywā ṣi¯ ¯s̝ : 3 mū ///
b6/// [ñ]ä ktu ne nuna ///


a1 /// lymaṃ kācca ///
a2 /// okoyā śpālmeṃ pa ///
a3 /// āpāyäṃtwaṃ klawant(rä) • ///
a4 /// ·ñ· prākär tāṣ {n/t}prenäk ///
a5 /// wāsaṃ snāki l· ///
a6 ///
b1 ///
b2 /// k«†ä» śkaṃ cami ṣñi ///
b3 /// ñc«†ä» : 2 śibi wäl neṣā ·i ///
b4 /// s·i yāmuräṣ : tmäkk ats ///
b5 /// c«†ä» ywāṣiṣ : 3 mū ///
b6 /// ñäktune nuna ///


a3 ... fallen sie in die (drei) schlechten Geburtsklassen. (Schmidt 1974: 104)



Transcription and references have been transferred from the "Text and Reference Database of the Tocharian A Language" (Gerd Carling Lund University) (funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation and SCAS).
Transcription and translation are based on Carling et al. 2009.


Online access

IDP: THT 814; TITUS: THT 814


Sieg and Siegling 1921a: 92; Sieg and Siegling 1921a p. 92


Knoll 1996: a4 (20); Schmidt 1974: a3 (104)


Carling et al. 2009

Carling, Gerd, Georges-Jean Pinault, and Werner Winter. 2009. A dictionary and thesaurus of Tocharian A. Volume 1: Letters a-j. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.


“The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online.” n.d.

Knoll 1996

Knoll, Gabriele. 1996. “Die Verwendungsweisen der Adjektive im Tocharischen.” PhD thesis, Universität Frankfurt am Main.

Schmidt 1974

Schmidt, Klaus T. 1974. “Die Gebrauchsweisen des Mediums im Tocharischen.” PhD thesis, Universität Göttingen.

Sieg and Siegling 1921a

Sieg, Emil, and Wilhelm Siegling. 1921a. Tocharische Sprachreste, I. Band. Die Texte. A. Transcription. Berlin/Leipzig: de Gruyter.


Gippert, Jost, Katharina Kupfer, Christiane Schaefer, and Tatsushi Tamai. n.d. “Thesaurus Indogermanischer Text- und Sprachmaterialien (TITUS): Tocharian Manuscripts from the Berlin Turfan Collection.”