• 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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THT 385

Known as:THT 385; B 385; Bleistiftnummer 2048
Cite this page as:"THT 385". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. (accessed 06 Dec. 2023).


Main find spot:Siŋgim
Expedition code:T II S 72.2
Collection:Berlin Turfan Collection (BBAW)

Language and Script

Linguistic stage:classical

Text contents

Text genre:Literary
Text subgenre:Jātaka/Avadāna


Manuscript:THT 384-387
Preceding fragment:THT 384
Material: ink on paper
Number of lines:6+


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


(continues from THT 384)

a1/// śtwā ra we rts[i] y· o lya [po] ///
a2/// ṣṣa nme pa rma ṅksa yā mta rme ///
a3/// kta nī keṃ kā ka o¯ ¯t pre k·i ·e ko ///
a4/// tta ṅ[ka] • po s[ta] nmeṃ • krui ñä ///
a5/// me – sa tro ppo ma [n]· ///
b1/// e k· ·m· ///
b2/// no [la] kṣā nta s̝pa [p]e ///
b3/// wo lo śi tra tri kau wra[¯] [¯mtä] ///
b4/// pe rne rñe o ro tra • pā nto pa rma ṅko ///
b5/// 30 7 tu meṃ pū dñä kte kau ///


(continues from THT 384)

Xx /// śtwāra wertsiy(aṃ) olyapo ///
Xx a2/// ṣṣanme pärmaṅksa yāmtärme ///
Xx a3/// ktanīkeṃ kāka ot prek(ṣ)i(-n)e ko ///
Xx a4/// ttaṅkä • postänmeṃ
Xx krui ñä ///
Xx a5/// me – sa troppoman(e) ///
Xx a6/// b1/// ek(a) ·m· ///
Xx b2/// no lakṣānta ṣpä pe ///
36a b3
36b /// wolośiträ trikauw ramt ///
37a b4 /// pernerñe ; oroträ •
37b pānto pärmaṅko ; ///
37d 25σ b5/// 30-7
38a tumeṃ pūdñäkte ; kau ///


b4 ... der Glanz hört auf. (Schmidt 1974: 99)


Online access

IDP: THT 385; TITUS: THT 385


Sieg and Siegling 1953: 255


Schmidt 1974: b4 (99); Thomas 1957: a3 (66)



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

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.

Thomas 1957

Thomas, Werner. 1957. Der Gebrauch der Vergangenheitstempora im Tocharischen. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.


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