• 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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PK LC 36

Known as:PK LC 36
Cite this page as:Adrian Musitz. "PK LC 36". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. (accessed 01 Dec. 2023).


Editor:Adrian Musitz


Collection:Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds Pelliot Koutchéen (Paris)

Language and Script


Text contents

Text genre:Non-literary
Text subgenre:Letter


Material: on paper
Number of lines:6


a1/// ·ñ· [p]tā s· sp· w·
a2/// [w]s· wa śwā ra kaṃ nte piśā ka
a3/// ·ū ta te we ca rkwa ri ka mā te
a4/// [w]· ka[ṃ] nte śwā rka ñi¯ ¯ś lyi pā re o mo rki ñye sa ka ṅkā laṃ
a5/// ·[e] – l·ā wa ya l[t]·e ysā re pe plya ṅko rṣṣeṃ wi ca kaṃ nma
a6/// ·e /// /// ·e ///


a1 /// ·ñ(a)ptās(e) sp· w·
a2 /// ws(ā)wa śwāra käṃnte piśāka
a3 /// (p)ūtatewe carkwari kamāte
a4 /// w(i) käṃnte śwārka ñiś lyipāre omorkiñyesa kaṅkālaṃ
a5 /// ·e (kä)l(w)āwa yalt(s)e ysāre peplyaṅkorṣṣeṃ wi cakaṃnma
a6 /// ·e /// /// ·e ///


a2 /// I gave... : four hundred and fifty...
a3 /// Pūtatewe brought carkwari.
a4 /// ... two hundred and fourty were left to me. The animal skeletons as omorkiñe ///n1
a5 /// I received... : one hundred, for the selling of wheatn2 : two piculs.


Philological commentary

n1 For a discussion of kaṅkālaṃ, cf. Ching 2011b: 182 and Ching 2017: 174.
n2 I interpret ysāre as the direct object of peplyaṅkorṣṣeṃ (for a similar construction, cf. PK DA M 507.19 a12.



Ching 2010: 398; Ching 2011b: 182


Ching 2010

Ching, Chao-jung. 2010. “Secular documents in Tocharian: Buddhist economy and society in the Kucha region.” PhD thesis, Paris: École Pratique des Hautes Études.

Ching 2011b

Ching, Chao-jung. 2011b. “重议柘厥望议 – 以早期探险队记录与 库车出土文书为 中心.” Xīyù Wénshǐ – Literature & History of the Western Regions 6: 167–89.

Ching 2017

Ching, Chao-jung. 2017. 吐火罗语世俗文献与古代龟兹历史 – Tocharian secular texts and the history of Ancient Kucha. Beijing: Peking University Press.