• 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

THT 260

Known as:THT 260; B 260; Bleistiftnummer 2681
Cite this page as:"THT 260". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. (accessed 26 Feb. 2024).


Main find spot:Qizil Miŋ-Öy
Specific find spot:Rothkuppelraum
Expedition code:T III MQR 87
Collection:Berlin Turfan Collection (BBAW)

Language and Script

Linguistic stage:archaic

Text contents

Text genre:Literary
Text subgenre:Kāvya


Manuscript:THT 252-265
Material: ink on paper
Number of lines:5


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


a1/// [¯]śc śe mo [su] ///
a2/// ne ne m[ā] su nta ksa ///
a3/// sa ma [k]· lau pā r[e] ///
a4/// ·[au] nau mye kuse klyau ṣtra tā [tk]· ntsā ñä kteṃ tsñä [k]· ///
a5/// [30] 6 ku[s]e ·e la ·e ///
b2/// pne n[au] [s̝a] – – – [y]ā ta ne pa pa ///
b3/// ta ññä [k]· [ā] [ka] la ///
b4/// ·au – nmā sā mpa· [i] ///
b5/// twe nta ma ntā· [ai] ///


Xx /// śc śemo su ///
Xx a2/// nene mā su nta ksa ///
Xx a3/// samak· laupāre ///
Xx a4/// ·au naumye kuse klyauṣträ tātk·ntsā ñäkteṃts ñäk(te) ///
36d a513σ /// 30-6
37a kuse (cm)ela(n)e ///
Xx b1n1 /// b2/// pne nauṣä – – – yā tane päpä ///
Xx b3/// täñ ñäk(t) ā kälṣä ///
Xx b4/// (ś)au(lä)nmā sāmpa(ts) i ///
Xx b5/// twenta mantā(l) ai ///


Philological commentary

n1 The line is abraded.

Alternative linguistic/paleographic classifications

Peyrot 2008 A1
Tamai 2011 C1
Tamai 2011 C14


Online access

IDP: THT 260; TITUS: THT 260


Sieg and Siegling 1953: 159



“The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online.” n.d.

Peyrot 2008

Peyrot, Michaël. 2008. Variation and change in Tocharian B. Vol. 15. Leiden Studies in Indo-European. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi.

Sieg and Siegling 1953

Sieg, Emil, and Wilhelm Siegling. 1953. Tocharische Sprachreste. Sprache B, Heft 2. Fragmente Nr. 71-633. Edited by Werner Thomas. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.


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

Tamai 2011

Tamai, Tatsushi. 2011. Paläographische Untersuchungen zum B-Tocharischen. Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft 138. Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen.