• 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.


Work in progress

A 203

Known as:A 203; THT 836; Prelim. No. 506; Pencil No. 3353; THT 1583.a
Cite this page as:Gerd Carling; Fanny Meunier; Michaël Peyrot. "A 203". 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; Fanny Meunier; Michaël Peyrot
Date of online publication:2014-05-30


Main find spot:Šorčuq
Specific find spot:Stadthöhle
Expedition code:T III Š 97.06
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/// t· ryā kw[e] pi ka ma śśi ts[m]ā ru ///
a2/// – ā co yi¯ ¯s ta m[n]e ///
a3/// – ñcäṃ || śtwa rā ki ñ[c]i ///
a4/// ·[e] kla – [m]· [ta¯] – ///
a5/// ṣi – (–) – pa ///
b2/// – – (–) ·t· ra – ///
b3/// cri kā – [ta]· ·e ///
b4/// ·n· [ca] mi ā co yi ska – ///
b5/// – ko ñi kta ṅke ñcä – ///
b6/// ¯ñcä la¯ ¯p o rto pe yu y[ā] [kur]· ///


a1 /// t(a)ryāk we pi kamaśśi tsmāru ///
a2 /// – ācoyis tämne ///
a3 /// – ñcäṃ ॥ śtwarākiñci ///
a4 /// ·e kla – m· tä – ///
a5 /// ṣi – – – pa ///
a6 ///
b1 ///
b2 /// – – – ·t· rä – ///
b3 /// (mā)cri kā(tsaṃ) tä(mn)e ///
b4 /// ·n· cami ācoyis ka – ///
b5 /// – koñi ktäṅkeñcä – ///
b6 /// ñc lap orto peyuyā kur· ///


a1 the roots of the 32 teeth



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.
Lines a6 and b1 are lost. This fragment was erroneously reclassified as THT 1583a.


Online access

IDP: THT 836, THT 1583a; TITUS: THT 836, THT 1583


Sieg and Siegling 1921a: 99; Tamai 2007a: №1583; Sieg and Siegling 1921a p. 99


Thomas 1972b: b6 (452)


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.

Sieg and Siegling 1921a

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

Tamai 2007a

Tamai, Tatsushi. 2007a. “A preliminary edition of unpublished texts from the Berlin Turfan Collection.” Thesaurus indogermanischer Text- und Sprachmaterialien (TITUS): Tocharian manuscripts from the Berlin Turfan collection.

Thomas 1972b

Thomas, Werner. 1972b. “Zweigliedrige Wortverbindungen im Tocharischen.” Orbis 21: 429–70.


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