• 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 620

Known as:THT 620; B 620; Tintennummer 3319.27; X 27
Cite this page as:"THT 620". 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:Unknown
Collection:Berlin Turfan Collection (BBAW)

Language and Script

Linguistic stage:classical

Text contents

Title of the work:Life of the Buddha
Text genre:Literary
Text subgenre:Doctrine


Manuscript:THT 617-620
Material: ink on paper
Number of lines:6=8


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


a2/// lka stsi • – ///
a3/// nne lya ma • ta ///
a4/// [s]ts· • go vi kai lye lya ///
a5/// [s̝a] rpu we rmeṃ ā lyau ///
a6/// – – – [sa] smiṃ ko ///
b1/// – – – v· kā [ka] – ///
b2/// • tu meṃ ṣkā¯ ¯r ṣki tai [ne] ///
b3/// ka tk[o] ye nte sa ai ·[o] ///
b4/// kna ye nte • o ///
b5/// ṣki tai meṃ nai [p]auṃ ///
b6/// [p]o rcä ña ///


a1 ///
a2 /// lkästsi • – ///
a3 /// nne lyamata ///
a4 /// sts· • govikai lyelya ///
a5 /// ṣärpuwermeṃ ālyau ///
a6 /// – – – sasmiṃ ko ///
b1 /// – – – v· kā kä – ///
b2 /// • tumeṃ ṣkār ṣkitaine ///
b3 /// kätko yentesa ai ·o ///
b4 /// k na yente • o ///
b5 /// ṣkitaimeṃ nai pauṃ ///
b6 /// porcäña ///


Online access

IDP: THT 620; TITUS: THT 620


Sieg and Siegling 1953: 395-396



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

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.”