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PK AS 16.8

Known as:PK AS 16.8; Pelliot Koutchéen Ancienne Série 16.8
Cite this page as:Georges-Jean Pinault; Melanie Malzahn. "PK AS 16.8". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. (accessed 24 Apr. 2024).


Editor:Georges-Jean Pinault; Melanie Malzahn
Date of online publication:2012-08


Main find spot:Duldur-akur
Expedition code:DA
Collection:Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds Pelliot Koutchéen (Paris)

Language and Script

Linguistic stage:classical

Text contents

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


Material: ink on paper
Size (h × w):12 × 23.5 cm
Number of lines:6
Interline spacing:2.0 cm


a1(– –) (·)y(·) (– – – – – – –) w(·) skeṃ tau lwā sa kau¯ ¯c[ä] ste ya ///
a2lā nta [św]e (– – – – –) (·)t /// n(·) [n]e se¯ ¯m rī e tsu wai kwri te klyo ///
a3pa lko rmeṃ (– – –) ○ sā ya kne || pa lka¯ ¯m rī ///
a4tsa a tkwa ltse : śa ṅki y(·) ○ kaṃ kra ṅkaiṃ [ts]a ka[ṃ] rī ra mno ///
a5kra kre sa ri tsa ktsaiṃ śle kra kr· ñi wi : plu seṃ skwa sso¯ ¯ñcä tsre rmeṃ ne [s](·) ///
a6(– – –) (·)e [r]a m(·)o yā k(·)a wa trī weṃ tsī peṃ plo nto ntra : 2 ka r(·) (·)ai tsa ///
b1(–) (·)[k](·) (–) (·)[r](·) – (·)[r](·) ntsa ka mna s̝s̝a kre¯ ¯nt w· re mpa e tr(·) [w](·) : p(·) t(·) n(·) ///
b2śkaṃ tsa ra tro na : pl[ā] c· yma ṣṣi a ksa skeṃ ka kā cco¯ ¯s̝ co¯ ¯m pa lsko [s](·) ///
b3wro cce śa mta¯ ¯r pa rkā ○ wmpa 4 || ta n(·) ña ke r[ī] [k](·) ///
b4lmeṃ śā mna rī (·)[eṃ] (– –) ○ ske ma ne ta pa trī śa ṣṣi ///
b5[ṅ]ke nmeṃ [k]a (– – – – –) lā ntaṃ e tsu wai mai ta¯ ¯r tu [me] ///
b6(–) – – ·(·)[e] (– – – –) [me] lñe ṣṣe snai ne rke spe l(·)e ///


a1 n1 – – ·y· – – – – – – – w(e)skeṃ t{au/oṃ} lwāsa kauc steya ///
a2 n2 lāntäś we – – – – – ·t /// n· nesem etsuwai kwri te klyo(mo) ///
a3 n3 pälkormeṃ (॥) (rati)sāyaknepalkam ///
a4 n4 tsa atkwaltse : śaṅki-y(o)käṃ kräṅkaiṃtsa k{a/e}ṃ ram no ///
a5 n5 krakre-sari tsaktsaiṃ śle krakr(e-)ñiwi : pluseṃ skwassoñc tsrermeṃne s· ///
a6 – – – ·e ram (n)o yāk(w)awa trīweṃ tsīpeṃ plontonträ : 2 kar(ts)ai tsa ///
b1 – ·k· – ·r· – ·r·ntsa kämnaṣṣä«ṃ» krent w(e)rempa etr(i)w(ai) : p·t·n· ///
b2 n6 śkaṃtsa rätrona : plāc= (e-)ymaṣṣi aksaskeṃ kakāccoṣ com palskos(a) ///
b3 wrocce śamtär pärkāwmpa 4 ॥ tan(e) ñake k· /// (ono)-
b4 -lmeṃ śāmna rī(m)eṃ (lantä)skemane tapatrīśäṣṣi /// (kle)-
b5 -ṅkenmeṃ ka(kārparmeṃ) – – lāntäṃ etsuwai maitar tume(ṃ) ///
b6 – – – (p/ṣ)·e – – – (ca)melñeṣṣe snai nerke spel(k)e(ssu) ///


a1 ... they say. Those animals above ...
a2 say(ing) to the king: "... we are near to the city. If the nob(le lord? approves?) it ...
a3 after having seen the city. (||) In [the tune] rati)sāyak || We will see the city ...
a4 ... provided with ... . With chickens of the color ... earth [and] city as if ...
a5 the krakre-sari-birds [and] the krakre-ñiwi birds together with the tsaktso-animals, they float joyful in the ditches ...
a6 ... as it were, the yākwawa-animals(?) mingle, dance, [and] rejoice. [2] The beautiful ...
b1 ... he comes over the ... (mixed) with good smell. ...
b2 with red ... . The ones concerned with that tell the word, being glad because of that thought ...
b3 he/it will come with great advantage. [4] Now here ... the city ...
b4 letting the (be)ings [and] people (go out) of the city, (the gods) of the Trayastriṃśa [= thirty-three gods] ...
b5 (having) de(scended) from the (veh)icles, the ... went near to the kings. Thereupon ...
b6 ... pertaining to the birth without hesitation, zeal(ously) ...



Left part of a leaf around the string hole with the left margin; remains of horizontal and of vertical lines around the string hole are preserved.

Philological commentary

n1 tau is clearly readable, but cannot be a correct form; it was most likely wrongly copied from toṃ. The complex steya does rather not contain the copula ste, since we have a plural subject and the copula cannot stand at the beginning of a clause. It is more likely that steya belongs to a borrowing from Sanskrit starting with the first member of compound steya- "thief".
n2 we should be a form of the root weñ- "to speak".
n3 The tune name can be restored based on THT 575 a4-5. It has 4 x 14 syllables (7/7).
n4 atkwaltse is a productive adjective based on the hapax atkwal, which seems to denote some kind of negative term.
n5 We seems to have a number of waterbird names in this passage; note that krakre is onomatopoetic, while tsaktso*/tsaktsai* shows the inflection of the okso-type.
n6 Since it is not likely that we have the late form aymaṣṣi for añmaṣṣi here, one should restore a compound ce-ymaṣṣi "concerned with that" of the type ta-mäkte.