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IOL Toch 217

Known as:IOL Toch 217; H add.149.93; C.93
Cite this page as:Michaël Peyrot. "IOL Toch 217". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. https://cetom.univie.ac.at/?m-ioltoch217 (accessed 27 May 2024).


Editor:Michaël Peyrot
Date of online publication:2014-08-13


Main find spot:Unknown
Collection:British Library (London)

Language and Script

Linguistic stage:classical

Text contents

Title of the work:Hariścandrāvadāna
Text genre:Literary
Text subgenre:Jātaka/Avadāna
Verse/Prose:prose; verse


Material: ink on paper
Size (h × w):8.9 × 8.9 cm
Number of lines:7


Images from idp.bl.uk by courtesy of the International Dunhuang Project and the British Library.


a1/// – mā tne || nau ske a ra [ñ]·ä ///
a2/// [l](·)[ā] ntaṃ o no lmeṃ ·u ska [s]k·(·) ///
a3/// – lā¯ ¯ñc la ntu ññe ī ke [n]e [kr]· ///
a4/// ○ tse tā kau¯ ¯c || ha ri śca ///
a5/// ○ ñi śce wä nt[a] re ne ṣ[ta] – ///
a6/// ○ [k]ra tā [t]ña ·ā ·[e] [l]· ///
a7/// – (–) ·[e] ///
b3/// – – (–) – (–) – ///
b4/// ○ wā yau [m]· [||] – – ///
b5/// ○ nta ṣe sa mā ta rlā [nts]· ///
b6/// ○ tu meṃ mā ce¯ ¯r lā ntsa – ///
b7/// [ka] ṣṣe ne || to ywa te ñī paiṃ – ///
b8/// – n[o] : ha ri śca ndra ·[o]ṃ śka [ñ]ī ///
b9/// [ś]·[o]¯ ¯m e tsu wai [k]e ka mo – ///


a1/// (॥) (niṣkra)mātnenauske arañ(c)ä(nne) ///
a2/// (ta)l(l)āntäṃ onolmeṃ (n)uskask(eṃ) ///
a3/// – lāñc lantuññe īkene kr· ///
a4/// …tse tākau-chariśca(ndre) ///
a5/// ñiś ce wäntarene ta – ///
a6/// krätātñ= a ·ā ·e ///
a7/// – – ·e ///
b3/// – – – – – – ///
b4/// wāyau-m(e) ॥ – – ///
b5/// (amācä)nta ṣesa mātär lānts(o) ///
b6/// tumeṃ mācer lāntsa – ///
b7/// (॥) (nauṣaññe) (nāṭa)käṣṣenetoy wate ñī paiṃ(tsa) ///
b8/// – no : hariścandra (s)oṃśka ñī ///
b9/// ś·om etsuwai kekamo(rmeṃ) ///


a1… (||) in the [tune] (niṣkra)mātne || Oppression into the hearts …
a2… (kings) oppress the miserable beings …
a3… kings in [their] royal place [i.e. position] (do good deeds) …
a4… I will be … for you. Hariścandra (says:) …
a5… and in this matter I …
a6… grateful …
b4… I will lead you. || …
b5… (the ministers) together with [his] mother the queen …
b6… Thereupon [his] mother the queen …
b7… (||) in the [tune] (nauṣaññe nāṭa)käṣṣene || They for the second time tonight … my …
b8… Hariścandra! Dear son of mine! …
b9… having come towards …


Philological commentary

For a detailed commentary and a discussion of the Old Uyghur parallel from the Daśakarmapathāvadānamālā, see Peyrot and Wilkens 2014.


Compared to IDP, recto and verso are to be reversed.
Broomhead 1962: 129-130 also has sides in reverse order; he describes the MS as "[w]ritten in medium ductus, and very clearly preserved, it is a section near the left or right edge of a large manuscript of probably nine lines. The Schnurloch is to the left, and occupies three lines."


Online access

IDP: IOL Toch 217


Peyrot 2007: №217; Broomhead 1962: 129-130; Peyrot and Wilkens 2014


Broomhead 1962

Broomhead, J. W. 1962. “A textual edition of the British Hoernle, Stein and Weber Kuchean manuscripts. With transliteration, translation, grammatical commentary and vocabulary. I = Edition.” {PhD}, Cambridge: Trinity College.


“The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online.” n.d. http://idp.bl.uk.

Peyrot 2007

Peyrot, Michaël. 2007. “An edition of the Tocharian fragments IOL Toch 1 – IOL Toch 822 in the India Office Library.” International Dunhuang Project. http://idp.bl.uk/database/oo_cat.a4d?shortref=Peyrot_2007.

Peyrot and Wilkens 2014

Peyrot, Michaël, and Jens Wilkens. 2014. “Two Tocharian B fragments parallel to the Hariścandra-Avadāna of the Old Uyghur daśakarmapathāvadānamālā.” Acta Orientalia Hungarica 67: 319–35.