• 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 87

Known as:A 87; THT 720
Cite this page as:Gerd Carling. "A 87". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. (accessed 06 Dec. 2023).


Editor:Gerd Carling


Main find spot:Šorčuq
Specific find spot:Stadthöhle
Expedition code:T III Š 99.1
Collection:Berlin Turfan Collection (BBAW)

Language and Script


Text contents

Title of the work:Avadāna
Text genre:Literary


Manuscript:A 55-88
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/// sa lu ṣā
a2/// la me yaṃ : tā rśo
a3/// ne yo e ma mpra kte
a4/// kā klo ta msa mtā lo
a5/// tsi || ta mka klyu ṣu
a6/// [n]e yā ka lyme ka lyme
b1/// n[ä¯] [¯k] [t]m[ā] lmo¯ ¯nt
b2/// cma¯ ¯ṅk [y]ā mte kuya
b3/// [śā] ṣi na sbhū t·
b4/// bhu tā ṣiṃ gra kyo
b5/// gra[¯] [¯k] sāṃ ta kya
b6/// śā śśi¯ ¯ma


a1 /// salu ṣā
a2 /// lameyaṃ : tārśo
a3 /// neyo emäm prakte
a4 /// kāklo täm säm tālo
a5 /// tsi ॥ täm kaklyuṣu
a6 /// neyā kälyme kälyme
b1 /// näk tmā lmont
b2 /// c maṅk yāmte kuya
b3 /// (kle)śāṣinäs bhūt·
b4 /// bhutāṣiṃ grakyo
b5 /// grak sāṃtäk ya
b6 /// śāśśi ma…



Transcription and translation are based on Carling et al. 2009.
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).

Philological commentary

Text very fragmentary.


Online access

IDP: THT 720; TITUS: THT 720


Sieg and Siegling 1921a: 50; Sieg and Siegling 1921a p. 50


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.”