• 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 267

Known as:A 267; THT 900
Cite this page as:Gerd Carling. "A 267". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. (accessed 03 Dec. 2023).


Editor:Gerd Carling


Main find spot:Šorčuq
Specific find spot:Stadthöhle
Expedition code:T III Š 97.01
Collection:Berlin Turfan Collection (BBAW)

Language and Script


Text contents

Title of the work:Maitreyasamiti-Nāṭaka
Passage:Act 16
Text genre:Literary
Text subgenre:Drama
Verse/Prose:prose; verse


Material: ink on paper
Number of lines:8


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


a1/// ¯m ā lya ka ñcaṃ ṣtā¯ ¯m po s[aṃ] ///
a2/// [yä]¯ ¯rm a saṃ khe syo ñä ///
a3/// klo pi spru tkā ///
a4/// lu ne ṣi ytā¯ ¯rtma ///
a5/// [p]la¯ ¯k ka lyme yā ka śtā ///
a6/// [lyme] yā i me ka lyme yā ·ly· sk· ṣi nä¯ ¯s tle ntu nā syo ka ///
a7/// e [śā] [ś]·[i] [pi]¯ – ///
b3/// ñmu ne yo me tra kaṃ ptā ñka – – [¯m] mr·[¯] [¯cä] śpā lyo – ·ka l· ///
b4/// ṣi ta¯ ¯s̝ mā cri kā t[s]· lymā ///
b5/// l[pn]ā lnya¯ ¯cä : ku [p]r· [o] ntaṃ ///
b6/// raṃ yā tl· n· : a ni tyā¯ ¯t lkā ///
b7/// [h]ma swa rwa śe nyo śa [ṅkhe] ///
b8/// ma ñi we ṣyo pā ka rma ska ///


a1 /// m ālyakäñcaṃ ṣtām posaṃ ///
a2 /// yärm asaṃkhesyo ñä ///
a3 /// klopis prutkā ///
a4 /// luneṣi ytār – tmä ///
a5 /// pläk kälymeyā kaś ///
a6 /// lymeyā ime kälymeyā ·ly·sk·ṣinäs tlentunāsyo ka ///
a7 /// (kl)eśāś(ś)i pi – ///
b3 /// ñmuneyo metrakäṃ ptāñkä – – m mr(ā)c śpālyo – ·käl· ///
b4 /// ṣi täṣ mācri kāts(aṃ) lymā ///
b5 /// (kä)lpnālnyac : kupr(e) ontaṃ ///
b6 /// räṃ yātl(u)n(e) : anityāt lkā ///
b7 /// (bra)hmaswar waśenyo śaṅkhe ///
b8 /// mañi weṣyo pākär mäska ///



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.
Fragment of a manuscript which includes A 251 - A 294 (cf. Geng et al. 2004b: 64-65). Lines a8 and b1-2 are lost.

Parallel texts

A 268 (completing); A 305; MaitrHami 16, 1-3, MaitrSiŋgim, Taf. 156

Philological commentary

This fragment, which can be complemented by A 268 and supplemented with A 305, contains part of the sixteenth act of the Maitreyasamitināṭaka. Uy. parallels are MaitrHami 16, 1b-2b17, and (according to Moerloose 1979: 245-249) MaitrSiŋgim, Taf. 156 v.11-33 (Tekin 1980: 130-2) for lines b6-7 (= A 305 a3-7). A 305 a1 and a2 = A 268 b4 and b5 respectively. The lacuna in line b6 in A 268 and here may be filled with A 305 a3. A 305 corresponds to MaitrHami 16, 2b2-3b24. See also Pinault 1999a: 202-203.


Online access

IDP: THT 900; TITUS: THT 900


Sieg and Siegling 1921a: 139, 140; Sieg and Siegling 1921a p. 139, p. 140


Carling 2000: a1 (330), a2 (404), b4 (214)


Carling 2000

Carling, Gerd. 2000. Die Funktion der lokalen Kasus im Tocharischen. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter.

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.

Geng et al. 2004b

Geng, Shimin, Jens Peter Laut, and Georges-Jean Pinault. 2004b. “Neue Ergebnisse der Maitrisimit-Forschung (II): Struktur und Inhalt des 26. Kapitels.” Studies on the Inner Asian Languages 19: 29–94 + III.


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

Moerloose 1979

Moerloose, Eddy. 1979. “The way of vision (darśanamārga) in the Tocharian and Old Turkish versions of the Maitreyasamitināṭaka.” Central Asiatic Journal 23: 240–49.

Pinault 1999a

Pinault, Georges-Jean. 1999a. “Restitution du Maitreyasamiti-Nāṭaka en tokharien A: Bilan provisoire et recherches complémentaires sur l’acte XXVI.” Tocharian and Indo-European Studies 8: 189–240.

Sieg and Siegling 1921a

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

Tekin 1980

Tekin, Şinasi. 1980. Maitrisimit nom bitig. Die uigurische Übersetzung eines Werkes der buddhistischen Vaibhāṣika-Schule. 1. Teil: Transliteration, Übersetzung, Anmerkungen. 2. Teil: Analytischer und rückläufiger Index. Schriften zur Geschichte und Kultur des Alten Orients, Berliner Turfantexte, IX. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.


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