• 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 279

Known as:THT 279; B 279; Bleistiftnummer 2745
Cite this page as:"THT 279". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. (accessed 08 Dec. 2023).


Main find spot:Qizil Miŋ-Öy
Specific find spot:Rothkuppelraum
Expedition code:T III MQR 92
Collection:Berlin Turfan Collection (BBAW)

Language and Script

Linguistic stage:archaic

Text contents

Text genre:Literary
Text subgenre:Kāvya


Manuscript:THT 279-280
Leaf number:4
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.


a1ṣṣi sā ñi ṣe¯ ¯k kra mtsi pre ///
a2ṅkā tsi mā s̝a¯ ¯p pre ke : [ś]au ///
a3pā trai ṣe¯ – ///
a4tsi [r]au ///
a5mñe ṣṣe ///
b1ṅtsi ṣe – ///
b2wä l[k]e ///
b310 9 [c]e ///
b4[ś]ma lle pre ke : ai śa mñ· ///
b5a nai wa cceṃ la re naṃ ywā ///


16a a1ṣṣi ; sāñi ṣek ; krämtsi pre(ke) (:)
16b /// 14σ
16c a2ṅkātsi ; mā ṣäp preke :
16d śau /// 10σ
17a 11σ
17b a3pātrai ṣe(k) /// 11σ
17c 11σ
17d a4tsirau ///
18a 11σ
18b a5mñeṣṣe ///
18c 11σ
18d b1ṅtsi ṣe(k) ; ///
19a 11σ
19b 10σ b2wälke ///
19c 11σ
19d 11σ b310-9
20a ce /// 10σ
20b 10σ b4; śmälle preke :
20c aiśamñ(e) ///
20d 11σ
21a b5anaiwacceṃ ; larenaṃ ; ywā ///


Parallel texts

THT 281

Alternative linguistic/paleographic classifications

Peyrot 2008b A2
Tamai 2011a C3
Tamai 2011a C14


Online access

IDP: THT 279; TITUS: THT 279


Sieg and Siegling 1953: 170


Krause 1952: a1 (33); Schmidt 1974: a3 (365 n.1); Thomas 1952: b4 (33)



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

Krause 1952

Krause, Wolfgang. 1952. Westtocharische Grammatik, Band I. Das Verbum. Heidelberg: Winter.

Peyrot 2008b

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

Schmidt 1974

Schmidt, Klaus T. 1974. “Die Gebrauchsweisen des Mediums im Tocharischen.” PhD thesis, Universität Göttingen.

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.

Tamai 2011a

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

Thomas 1952

Thomas, Werner. 1952. Die tocharischen Verbaladjektive auf -l. Deutsche Akad. der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, Institut für Orientforschung 9. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.


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