• 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 306

Known as:A 306; THT 939
Cite this page as:Gerd Carling; Hannes A. Fellner. "A 306". 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; Hannes A. Fellner


Main find spot:Šorčuq
Specific find spot:Stadthöhle
Expedition code:T III Š 91.13
Collection:Berlin Turfan Collection (BBAW)

Language and Script


Text contents

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


Material: ink on paper
Number of lines:6


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


a1/// nāṃ swā ñce nyo kā ru ///
a2/// [kaṃ] ṣa¯ ¯nt suka ṣi nā¯ ¯s ā ///
a3/// dha rmaṃ ptā ñkte [w]e ///
a4/// ska ma¯ ¯t śä k·· ///
a5/// śo ṣṣi¯ ¯s s[uka] cku sne [p]ñi ///
a6/// ·[ā¯] [¯l] [p]u [tti] śpa rṣi : ca m[w]i ///


a1 /// (maiträṣi)nāṃ swāñcenyo kāru(ṃ) ///
a2 /// käṃṣant sukaṣinās ā(kāläntu) ///
a3 /// (abi)dharmaṃ ptāñkte we(wñunt) ///
a4 /// skamat śäk·· ///
a5 /// śoṣṣis sukac kus ne pñi ///
a6 /// ·āl puttiśparṣi : cam wi ///



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 306, A 307, A 308, A 309 and A 310.

Parallel texts

A 251, A 252


Online access

IDP: THT 939; TITUS: THT 939


Sieg and Siegling 1921a: 164; Sieg and Siegling 1921a p. 164


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.


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