• 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 546

Known as:THT 546; B 546; B 546a; Bleistiftnummer 2665
Cite this page as:"THT 546". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. (accessed 09 Dec. 2023).


Main find spot:Qizil Miŋ-Öy
Expedition code:T III MQ 69
Collection:Berlin Turfan Collection (BBAW)

Language and Script

Language:TB; Sanskrit
Linguistic stage:archaic

Text contents

Title of the work:Sanskrit poem with TB word-by-word translation
Text genre:Literary
Text subgenre:Poetry


Manuscript:THT 545-546
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/// spa rka lyñe ko
a2/// [¯m] [•] śva lmeṃ nta ko¯ ¯ī
a3/// • dau rga tya me va
a4/// – – – – yo l[o]
a5/// [ai] na ke
b1/// na ya
b2/// ṣṣ· na ·[y]· tse nta –
b3/// du ṣṣa ha mu [ṣ]ṇa
b4/// lyñe ṣṣe la kle •
b5/// ai śau m[y]· ñä kte


a1 /// spärkalyñe ko
a2 /// m • śvalmeṃn takoī
a3 /// • daurgatyam eva
a4 /// – – – – yolo
a5 /// ainake
b1 /// naya
b2 /// ṣṣ(a)na (ñ) y(a)tsenta –
b3 /// duṣṣaham uṣṇa
b4 /// lyñeṣṣe läkle •
b5 /// aiśaumy· ñäkte



In one frame with THT 546.a

Alternative linguistic/paleographic classifications

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


Online access

IDP: THT 546; TITUS: THT 546


Sieg and Siegling 1953: 342



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

Peyrot 2008b

Peyrot, Michaël. 2008b. 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.

Tamai 2011a

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


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