Andrew West
魏安 𗔬𗐹
@BabelStone | @TangutSea
Guild of Tangutologists, Secret Order of Runists and Oghamites, defrocked academic, rambling antiquarian, ascender of pagodas, whisperer of stones.
The Sunless Sea


Index of Selected Tweets



Archaeology

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-11-19
13:12

An epitaph dated 747 (天寶六年) with text brushed by famed Tang dynasty calligrapher Yán Zhēnqīng 颜真卿 (709–785) has been found during excavation of three tombs for a high status Tang family at XīXián New Area (西咸新區) between Xī'ān and Xiányáng. news.changsha.cn/xctt/html/1101…

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2020-10-20
12:13

"fairy bridge" 過仙橋 or "fairy cave" 過仙洞 — a hole between two adjacent brick tombs for a husband and wife, to allow their spirits to commune, found in Song dynasty (960–1279) tombs in Southern China. This example is from N. Song tomb in Níngxiāng Húnán kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20201…

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2020-09-21
13:08

A Yuan dynasty painted tomb for a husband and wife was discovered last October in Wuzhao county of Shanxi. The decoration of the tomb chamber includes paintings of landscape paintings kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200…

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2020-09-05
00:17

Two early 6th century Koguryo tombs with murals have recently been excavated at Wŏlji-ri in Anak County of South Hwanghae province, North Korea. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200…

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2020-09-04
01:43

The tombstone of the Jin dynasty Confucian scholar Yáng Huàn 楊奐 (1186–1255) has been "discovered" in Qian County 乾縣 in Shaanxi by a group of scholars of Confucianism who were paying a visit to Yáng Huàn's home town. news.cnwest.com/xianyang/a/202…

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2020-08-15
23:19

Banquet scene from a Khitan (Liao dynasty, 916-1125) tomb mural from Aohan Banner in Inner Mongolia showing a plate with three water melons (bottom right). Is this the earliest depiction of water melons in Chinese art? nmg.xinhuanet.com/2020-07/10/c_1… #西瓜

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2020-07-21
10:56

A group of 27 Western Han tombs were excavated at Xi'an, near the mausoleum of Emperor Wen of Han, between March 2018 and May 2019. These included four large scale tombs (photo), the largest of which must have belonged to an aristocrat of the highest order kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200…

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2020-06-17
00:07

Sixteen rock-carved stupas provisionally dated to the Western Xia have been found at Yongchang County in Gansu. The stupas, ranging from 1m to 3.5m in height, incorporate a niche for holding the bones or cremated remains of Buddhist monks gs.chinanews.com/news/2020/06-1…

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2020-05-25
11:02

Bronze vessel with a bent neck and swan head (鹅首曲颈青铜壶) among the items found in a late Qin or early Han tomb at Sanmenxia in Henan kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200… (inside the vessel there are 3 litres of unidentified yellowish-brown liquid)

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2020-05-15
01:51

Announced today, the excavation since 2015 of a 10 km² site in the south of Chengdu in Sichuan which has revealed neolithic dwellings and more than 6,000 burials spanning two millennia from the Warring States period to the Ming dynasty sc.people.com.cn/n2/2020/0514/c…

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2020-05-06
10:39

Murals from a Liao dynasty tomb discovered at Aohan Banner in Inner Mongolia. Musicians and monkeys shown chinanews.com/cul/2020/05-01…

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2020-04-29
11:10

Announced today, the discovery of the sunken treasure (over 10,000 items, mostly gold & silver) of Zhang Xianzhong 張獻忠, King of the Great West dynasty in Sichuan between 1644 and 1647, from the Min River at Jiangkou in Sichuan (50 km south of Chengdu) kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200…

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2020-04-13
18:49

Excavations of high status burials and sacrificial pits at the late Shang dynasty site of Chaizhuang (柴庄遗址) at Jiyuan in Henan have uncovered a number of human sacrifices where a headless kneeling body with arms tied in front faces north inside a pit kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200…

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2020-03-19
19:28

Picture bricks dated to the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589) recovered from six tombs found while building a road near Langzhong in Sichuan culture.workercn.cn/32875/202003/1…

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2020-03-17
23:45

The remains of eight Song dynasty pottery kilns at Phoenix Village (凤凰村) near Yixing in Jiangsu packaged up and moved to various museums and other institutions for further research (three more preserved in situ). ourjiangsu.com/a/20200315/158…

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2020-03-12
21:41

Four tombs with boat-shaped coffin burials thought to belong to the Cong people (賨人) of the Ba culture, dating to the late Eastern Zhou (?), uncovered during excavations at the Chengba site (城坝遗址) in Qu County Sichuan carried out since October 2019.

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2020-03-11
17:41

Large tomb dating to the early Warring States period (5th-4th century BCE) excavated at a site in Wenxi County, Shanxi 2018-2019. This is one of five large royal tombs at the site, and is thought to be for the wife of a ruler of the State of Jin 晉. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200…

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2020-03-10
19:20

Two Song dynasty tombs uncovered (and partially destroyed) during construction work at Luzhou city in Sichuan, one tomb with three chambers (pictured) and one with two chambers news.china.com.cn/2020-03/10/con…

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2020-03-06
10:35

Pottery vessel with incised "sun-cloud-mountain" symbol from the late Dawenkou culture 大汶口文化 (c. 3000-2600 BCE) recently excavated from a site in Ningyang County Shandong. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200…

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2020-02-20
12:27

Five Western Zhou and three Warring States period tombs excavated at a construction site 600m from Baoji South Station in Shaanxi after a bronze vessel was found in the backfill of a trench in November 2018. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200…

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2020-02-19
17:29

Report on the excavations of the Dian Kingdom 滇國 site at Hebosuo in Jinning Yunnan, where 200+ urn burials (瓮棺) for infants have been found on what was at the time an island kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200…

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2020-02-17
14:25

Clay seal impression with Chinese inscription 滇國相印 "Seal of the Minister of the Dian Kingdom" (contemporary with Han dynasty, c. 2000 years ago) recently found at the Hebosuo site on the southwest edge of the Dian lake in Yunnan. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20200…

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2020-12-20
17:06

Song dynasty brick tomb discovered during construction work at Zhuanglang County in Gansu. xkkx.com/lishi/1299942.…

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2020-12-19
18:32

Bronze sitting dragon (18.5cm, 1.96kg) found at the bottom of a well at the site of a Jin dynasty summer palace at Taizicheng 太子城 in Hebei, one of the skiing venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The dragon is thought to be an imperial carriage ornament. bjd.com.cn/a/202001/18/WS…

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2019-12-30
21:01

Gold statuette of a camel 🐫 discovered in a tomb associated with the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor dwnews.com/%E4%B8%AD%E5%9…

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2019-12-19
15:21

Three early Tang dynasty white pottery tomb figurines of foreigners (an official, a warrior, and a merchant) discovered during construction work at Nanhe County Hebei. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-12-19
14:43

Five Song dynasty (c. 12th century) brick tombs discovered during roadworks at Gaojiahe 高家河 in Ningqiang County Shaanxi were excavated between February and August 2019. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-12-18
09:43

Tomb of Xue Shao 薛紹 (661–689), husband of the Taiping Princess 太平公主 (665–713), son-in-law of Empress Wu Zetian, and nephew of Emperor Gaozong, discovered in Shaanxi at a site between Xianyang and Xi'an. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-12-17
23:59

Han dynasty road densely marked with cart ruts uncovered at a site in Xi'an thought to be close to the location of the Changmen Palace 長門宮 where the deposed Empress Chen was banished to in 130 BCE. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-12-13
23:01

Two tile ends with faces found during recent excavation of a Liao dynasty palace close to the tomb for a Liao Imperial Concubine which was discovered at Duolun in Inner Mongolia in 2015. chinanews.com/cul/2019/12-13…

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2019-12-11
01:00

Wooden stick (74.2 cm) with 94 Chinese characters written in ink on six sides, thought to date to the 6th-century during the Silla period, discovered near Gyeongsan in South Korea. newspim.com/news/view/2019…

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2019-12-10
14:55

Pot containing grain and chicken eggs from a 500 year old Ming dynasty tomb in Sichuan. huaxia.com/zhwh/kgfx/2019…

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2019-12-09
13:11

30 carvings of human faces (10-20 cm in size) discovered on rocks on the northern bank of the Yellow River near Zhongwei in Ningxia. nxbbs.cc/15375-1.html…

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2019-12-08
14:35

Some Yue ware vessels from a large cluster of tombs dating to the Six Dynasties period (3rd–6th centuries) under excavation at the Qixingdui 七星堆 site by the Gan River at Nanchang in Jiangxi. xinhuanet.com/2019-12/08/c_1…

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2019-12-02
10:55

Jin dynasty (1115–1234) wall-mounted pottery lamps excavated from a site south of Kaiyuan Temple in Zhengding Hebei (河北正定开元寺南广场遗址). Some inscribed with the slogan "Be careful of fire; store up water!" 慎火停水 kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-11-23
12:28

4) In Xinjiang Yuli County, one of a series of Tang dynasty beacon towers first surveyed by Stein in 1914, has been under excavation for the last month (and is still continuing). kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-11-23
12:14

3) In Qinghai, at the Reshui tomb complex dating to the 6th-8th centuries, a large mausoleum was excavated between Sept. 2018 and Oct. 2019 in response to a case of tomb robbery. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-11-23
11:47

2) In Gansu, discovered on 25 September 2019, the tomb of Murong Zhi 慕容智, 3rd son of Murong Nuohebo, last khan of the Tuyuhun kingdom, who died in 691 aged 42. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-11-23
11:32

Four important archaeological discoveries on the Silk Road in China announced yesterday:


1) In Qinghai, a royal tomb from the Tibetan Empire, circa 700, excavated Sept. 2018 to Sept. 2019; with murals, a gilt crown and a gold cup inlaid with turquoise. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-11-11
10:04

Jin dynasty brick tomb with murals depicting the Stories of 24 Filial Acts and an inscription dated 1189 discovered near Xingtai in Hebei kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-10-31
09:47

Western Jin brick tomb dated 306 discovered at Zixing in Hunan kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-09-23
19:14

Fragment of jade from the site at Karabalgasun, capital of the Uighur Empire (744/745 to 840 AD), with an Old Uyghur inscription written in Chinese characters — h/t @csen_nomads

{@csen_nomads}

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2019-09-15
16:07

The enigma of bronze age tin ingots found off the Israeli coast with marks that may be Cypro-Minoean signs phys.org/news/2019-09-e…

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2019-09-09
11:26

A couple of plain brick Tang dynasty tombs (M421 and M422) excavated at Lanshan County in the very south of Hunan ...kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-08-28
11:26

Buddhist cliff sculptures of a buddha and four bodhisattvas in Baiyu county of Sichuan's Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture are identified as dating to the period of the late Tibetan Empire (9th century). kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-08-16
19:44

Discovered today in Taiyuan, a well-preserved Tang dynasty tomb with spectacular wall paintings, including a magnificent tiger and a lovely 5-stringed pipa. Importantly, there is a stone epitaph which will provide information about the deceased. mp.weixin.qq.com/s/unvQiOzDwK4W…

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2019-08-09
11:30

Here are the pictures without a link to the source (just google 山东发掘两座大型汉代画像石墓):

Excavation of two large-scale Han dynasty tombs in Jinan, Shandong, with a total of 58 engraved picture stones.

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2019-07-26
9:36

Ming dynasty tomb with wall paintings inscribed "Buried on the 11th day of the 2nd month of the 9th year of the Yongle era of the Great Ming" "大明永樂九年二月十一日葬" [1411] discovered at Yuxian in Shanxi (山西盂县) kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-07-11
11:31

Yuan dynasty tomb with wall paintings discovered at Shuozhou in Shanxi last month. Inscription on a brick indicates that the tomb is for Zhang Delin and his wife Madam Wang (祖耶耶张得林娘娘王氏) art.ifeng.com/2019/0621/3482…

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2019-07-09
10:12

Yuan dynasty brick tomb with wall paintings discovered in Jinan Shandong. Mural is helpfully inscribed with the date 大元國至元二十二年 "22nd year of the Zhiyuan era of the Great Yuan State" = 1285 kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-07-04
17:29

Pictures of the Song dynasty brick tomb discovered at Longxi County Gansu during road building yesterday xw.qq.com/partner/wcsbzs…

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2019-07-03
17:12

Thousands of miniature five-tier towers (gorintō 五輪塔) discovered in boxes at the Entsuji Temple on Mount Koya in Japan mainichi.jp/english/articl…

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2019-07-01
10:28

Undisturbed Song/Jin dynasty husband-and-wife brick tomb in good condition, with Jin dynasty epitaph, discovered in Yuanqu County, Shanxi hkcna.hk/content/2019/0…

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2019-05-30
11:08

Stone mould for a bronze fishhook (铜鱼钩石范) among ten stone moulds for spearheads etc. found at a 1st millennium BCE site in Yunnan kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-05-08
10:07

Brief report on the discovery of the late Western Han tombs of the Marquis of Yichun (宜春侯) and his wife in Xi'an, excavated last April kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-04-26
16:32

Dan discusses a previously unknown 8th-century Tibetan stone inscription reported to be sited at the Traduntse Temple (པྲ་དུན་རྩེ་གཙུག་ལག་ཁང) in southwest Tibet. tibeto-logic.blogspot.com/2019/04/stone-…

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2019-04-25
16:43

Carving of a domestic silkworm in the process of spinning silk, made from the tusk of a wild boar, discovered at the Shuanghuaishu site in Henan dating to the late Yangshao period, about 5,300-4,800 years ago. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-04-03
13:12

115 Western Zhou period tombs of the Guo (虢) state found near Sanmenxia in Henan kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-03-28
11:35

Fragment of a Chinese bronze mirror unearthed in Kyrgyzstan, with interweaving lines of a poem by an unknown Tang dynasty lady zeno.ru/showphoto.php?…

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2019-03-28
10:22

Discovery of a pair of Song dynasty tombs in Chongqing, with superb Buddhist engravings kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-03-27
09:32

Chicken eggs found in 2,500 year old tomb at Liyang in Jiangsu. Why? "Because little chicks hatch from eggs, and they symbolise the endless cycle of birth and countless generations of descendants ... or maybe the dead person just really loved eating eggs." kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-03-21
10:51

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身有家舍之所依洎乎滅也遺形有墳隴之所藏此

其世間不易之道自古不無矣相之洪福寺文殊院

始自大宋慶曆中以遠祖 捐公等同會一塔葬之

於城西開元寺之旁時以  大金天會四年戊申

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2019-03-19
22:37

Discovery at Anyang (Henan) of a Jin dynasty brick mural tomb for four monks dated 1159. sohu.com/a/300787080_26…

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2019-01-09
11:34

Report on the excavation of the site outside Lhasa where the 9th-century Karcung Pillar (嘎尔琼拉康石碑 = སྐར་ཅུང་ལག་ཁང་རྡོ་རིང) stood until it was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in 1968. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-01-07
14:39

More information on the Jin dynasty (1115-1234) summer palace discovered at Taizicheng ("Prince's city") when preparing the area for use as a skiing venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics kaogu.cssn.cn/ywb/news/new_d…

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2019-01-05
01:18

Report on excavations of the site of the capital of Rui state (芮国) and tombs of the Dukes of Rui from early Eastern Zhou — burial goods include bronze ritual vessels, sets of bronze bells, sets of stone chimes, as well as gold, jade and lacquer artefacts kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2018-11-22
00:19

Excavations of a Liao dynasty imperial mausoleum in the vicinity of Yiwulü Mountain 醫巫閭山 northwest of Beizhen city in Liaoning have uncovered pieces of jade tablets inscribed with Khitan Small Script. kaogu.cssn.cn/ywb/news/new_d… (@cosmicore)

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2018-09-12
14:16

I just mapped the location of all 200+ tombs at the Western Xia imperial cemetery at Yinchuan google.com/maps/d/viewer?…

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Pagodas and Stupas

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2019-11-21
10:50

Foundations for three Liao dynasty hexagonal pagodas excavated in 2012 at the site of the Liao Superior Capital in Inner Mongolia, the largest 40+ metres across, thought to be part of an imperial Buddhist temple kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xcczlswz/2…

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2019-11-20
20:49

Foundations of a Song dynasty hexagonal brick pagoda uncovered in Zhejiang. Bricks printed with "道源塔磚" (Daoyuan Pagoda brick) and "南無大乘妙法蓮華經" (Namo Mahāyāna Saddharmapuṇḍarīka-sūtra). kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2018-09-14
12:48

Continuing to catch up on the backlog for my photo diary for 2016, I have just published the account of my visit to the Western Xia twin pagodas at Baisikou in Ningxia babelstone.co.uk/BabelDiary/201…

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2017-10-06
14:38

Day 19: Ningbo: Tianning Temple Pagoda (天寧寺塔) at 6:30 am on a dull day. Tang square brick pagoda built in 863. Now this one I do like.

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2017-10-05
14:37

Day 18: Ningbo: Tianfeng Pagoda (天封塔), originally built during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian (695–696). Not really to my taste.

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2017-10-02
12:24

Day 14: Lindong: I revisit the hexagonal Liao dynasty North Pagoda, on top of a hill that overlooks the Liao Upper Capital.

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2017-10-01
12:55

Day 13: Balin Youqi: The Liao dynasty White Pagoda (Shakyamuni Relics Pagoda) at the northwest corner of the Liao city of Qingzhou 慶州

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2017-09-22
10:40

Day 5: Hohhot: The famous Liao dynasty White Pagoda (萬部華嚴經塔), with Khitan & Jurchen graffiti written somewhere on the dark corridor walls.

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2017-09-19
12:12

Day 2: Beijing: The white stupa of Miaoying Temple (妙應寺白塔), constructed under the supervision of Nepali architect Araniko in 1271.

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2017-09-18
22:35

Day 1: Beijing: Pagoda of the Old Man of 10,000 pines 万松老人塔 (Yuan/Qing), an oasis of tranquillity and books in the heart of Beijing.

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2017-09-18
22:23

Day 1: Beijing: Haotian pagoda 昊天塔 (Liao hollow brick pagoda); closed for renovations but still managed to take a few photos.

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2016-09-14
00:41

Day 14: The Western Xia Hongfo Pagoda (宏佛塔), the final view of these fourteen days in Ningxia and Inner Mongolia.

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2016-09-14
00:21

Day 14: The west pagoda.

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2016-09-14
00:18

Day 14: The east pagoda.

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2016-09-14
00:15

Day 14: The twin Western Xia pagodas of Baisikou (拜寺口双塔).

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2016-09-11
13:47

Day 12: Early in the morning, before catching the train back to Hohhot, I head back to the Liao dynasty South Pagoda

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2016-09-10
20:48

Day 11: View of the South Pagoda from the Upper Capital site.

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2016-09-10
20:33

Day 11: By the time we get to the small (possibly Liao) North Pagoda in town the weather is clearing.

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2016-09-10
20:30

Day 11: At midday we go to the Liao pagoda south of town, and the clear sky turns to pouring rain and lightning.

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2016-09-08
22:20

Day 9: The base of the "celebrated suburgan" where Kozlov found a huge hoard of Tangut texts and artefacts in 1908.

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2016-09-08
22:07

Day 9: Remains of the Western Xia stupa inside the city of Kharakhoto.

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2016-09-08
22:05

Day 9: Stupas on the northwest corner of the walls of Kharakhoto.

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2016-09-03
19:10

Yinchuan Day 3: 108 stupas at Qingtongxia (still cloudy, and raining on and off)

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2016-09-02
00:23

Yinchuan Day 2: Ningxia Musuem and Chengtian Temple Pagoda with @cosmicore (cloudy all day)

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Churches

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-07-07
16:33

I went to the nearby All Saints Church at Crondall recently, and sitting in the middle of the Paulet tomb (1558) is the marble head reputed to have come from the Roman villa at Barley Pound, and discussed by Linda Munday in the article linked to above.

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2019-09-22
22:07

15th-century painting of St Christopher on the south wall of the Old Church of St Peter and St Paul at Albury Park in Surrey; and an early 16th-century painting of St Christopher on the north wall of the Church of St James in Bramley, Hampshire. I visited both churches this week.

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2019-09-21
18:16

Medieval graffiti on the chancel arch of the Church of St Nicholas in Compton, Surrey, depicting a Norman knight with a conical helmet and a nose guard.

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2019-09-19
16:48

Unperturbed by the unseasonably warm summer weather that we should not be having in late September, today I visited the lovely Norman church of St James at Bramley in Hampshire ...

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2019-08-27
16:20

Visited yesterday, the excavation by @LymingeDig of the Saxon church at Lyminge, Kent, founded by Queen (later Saint) Ethelburga (Æthelburh) in 633. Very clear remains of the apsidal chancel separated from the nave by a triple arch.

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2018-09-13
11:10

On Tuesday I visited St Peter's, parish church of Farnborough, to look at the exquisite medieval (early 13th century) wall paintings of three female saints. babeldiary.blogspot.com/2018/09/farnbo…

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2017-09-19
18:23

Day 2: Baoding: Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

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Castles

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2019-05-13
19:50

Outside of Farnham Castle (shell wall built in late 12th-century around the Norman keep built in 1138) ...

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2015-10-22
09:57

Matsue castle 松江城 on an early morning walk

#WG2_64

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Ruins

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2019-05-14
12:33

After nearly three years I finally get round to writing up an account of my visit to Kharakhoto with @cosmicore in August 2016. babelstone.co.uk/BabelDiary/201…

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2017-10-01
12:59

Day 14: Balin Zuoqi: The enigmatic Stone House 石房子 near the mausoleum of Emperor Taizu of Liao (遼太祖陵) [Abaoji, 872-926].

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2016-09-08
22:44

Day 9: The Red Fort (红城), apparently dating back to the Han dynasty, near the start of the road to Kharakhoto.

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2016-09-08
22:38

Day 9: Datong Fort (大同城), several km west of Kharakhoto.

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2016-09-08
21:58

Day 9: We reach the dead city of Kharakhoto in a minor sandstorm that clouds the cloudless sky (but soon clears).

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Tombs

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2017-10-01
12:57

Day 13: Balin Youqi: Valley of the Tombs of the Kings (王坟沟) [Qingling 慶陵], a protected area not normally accessible to the general public.

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2016-09-13
23:23

Day 14: Western Xia Tombs 1 and 2, believed to be for Li Jiqian and Li Deming (father and grandfather of Li Yuanhao)

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2016-09-13
23:33

Day 14: Western Xia Imperial Tomb No. 3 (believed to be for Li Yuanhao, first Emperor of Western Xia)

1

2016-09-08
22:13

Day 9: Islamic tomb ("Gumbaz") outside the walls of Kharakhoto.

1

2016-09-05
20:23

Yinchuan Day 6: Still raining, and flooding cuts short our excursion to the Western Xia tombs and beyond

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Dharani Pillars

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2017-10-01
12:56

Day 13: Balin Youqi: Liao dynasty dharani pillar with Sanskrit (Lantsa) dharani found at the tomb of Emperor Xingzong.

1

2017-09-19
12:13

Day 2: Baoding: Tangut dharani pillars dated 1502, and a 1350 stele commemorating the Yuan dynasty Tangut official Laosuo 老索 (1188–1260).

1

2016-09-10
20:16

Day 11: At the back of the public museum is an external gallery of dharani pillars that doubles as a bike shed

1

2016-09-10
19:57

Day 11: Downstairs are piles of boxes and stones and stuff, including a *fantasy* Khitan Small Script dharani pillar

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At the Museum

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-10-07
18:35

Western Xia colour-painted clay statues of a seated bodhisattva from the Lǜchéng 緑城 site in Inner Mongolia (left: Inner Mongolia Museum; right: Xixia Museum)

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2020-09-27
14:20

Miniature stele from a relic pagoda in Hebei erected by Master Zhènghuì (d. 1116), dated 25th day of the 6th month of the 2nd year of the Tiānqìng era (1112). 大遼國飛狐縣白石山兩朝讖主二帝門師傅菩薩三聚凈戒太尉正慧大師特於峯頂建舍利塔...時天慶二年壬辰歲六月丙戌朔二十五日丙時建

1

2020-09-25
00:05

Jade spirit tablet for Princess Puna, daughter of Temür Khan (second emperor of the Yuan dynasty, reigned 1294–1307), dated 3rd year of the Yuántǒng era (1335). Collection of Inner Mongolia Museum.

1

2020-02-05
00:24

Ming dynasty ceramic mortuary models of dishes of food, including a whole lamb, a pig, a rabbit, a fish, a goose, pomegranates, peaches, water chestnuts, shaobing (fried cakes), and mantou (steamed bread) at the British Museum.

2

2019-02-26
20:28

This is the last photo I took at the Musée Gallo-Romain in Lyon a week ago, just as the battery on my camera died. The Roman Christian gravestones were almost the last room in the museum, and it is a shame I only managed to get this one photo.

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2019-02-26
01:27

Gravestone at the Musée Gallo-Romain in Lyon for Aurelius Leons, a letter engraver, who died aged 18 years, 7 months and 5 days. This is claimed to be the only surviving Roman funerary monument which explicitly records the deceased's occupation as a letter engraver.

2

2019-02-25
23:14

Selection of Roman terracotta oil lamps from Lyon at the Musée Gallo-Romain with pictures of various gladiators — Gotta catch 'em all!

1

2019-02-24
18:07

During my recent visit to the wonderful Musée Gallo-Romain in Lyon, I noticed that a particular feature of many of the Roman funerary inscriptions at the museum is an engraved ascia (stonemason's axe or adze).

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2019-02-22
18:58

Late Bronze Age or Early Iron Age (c. 700 BC) processional chariot discovered at la Côte-Saint-André (Isère) in 1888. The procession of the flaming bucket in the chariot is thought to have been associated with the worship of the sun.

1

2019-02-21
15:09

The "Xenia" mural, a Roman wall painting c. 50–70 AD discovered in Lyon in 1988, with trompe-l'œil depiction of presents given by guests to the master of the house.

2

2019-02-19
23:21

Mysterious Gallo-Roman bronze dodecahedrons at the Musée gallo-romain de Lyon-Fourvière.

1

2019-02-19
22:36

The Claudius Tablet discovered in Lyon in 1528 gives the text of a speech by Emperor Claudius (born in Lugdunum in 10 BC) in 48 AD. Only half of the original tablet survives, but it is huge (1.40 × 1.93 m, 222 kg).

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2019-01-06
17:13

A very common design of bronze mirrors from the Jin dynasty (1115-1234) shows a pair of fish placed head-to-tail. At 43 cm in diameter, this example from Acheng in Heilongjiang is the largest one ever found. Photographed at the National Museum of China in Beijing.

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2018-10-30
09:53

Bodhisattva Benzaiten 弁財天 playing the biwa 琵琶 (Chinese pipa, a type of four-stringed lute) on a silk scroll of c. 1300-1400 hanging in the newly-reopened Japanese Gallery at the British Museum.

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2018-10-21
18:33

The Decree of Pixodaros in the Lycian script (Xanthos, c. 340-334 BC), photographed at the British Museum yesterday.

(Twitter discriminates against Unicode Lycian characters, so the Lycian text is in the next tweet.)

4

2018-10-20
20:56

Early 20th-century Japanese copy of a Qin score and lyrics for 'High Peaks' (Gaoshan 高山), on display at the newly reopened Japanese Gallery at the British Museum.

1

2018-09-30
20:22

Shang, Zhou and Han depictions of rhinoceroses in bronze are extremely accurate and lifelike. Ancient Chinese rhinos had two horns, and are thought to have been a subspecies of the Sumatran Rhinoceros. This Han rhino in the National Museum of China has a saddle. #WorldRhinoDay

4

2018-08-18
00:42

"I believe the true line of research lies in the careful noting and comparison of the smallest details" — Flinders Petrie, 1931. On the entrance staircase to the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London.

2

2017-10-01
12:47

Day 10: Half-day trip to Inner Mongolia Museum, definitely to be recommended.

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In the Library

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2019-02-16
22:44

At the British Library on Monday examining "The Cornish British Vocabulary" by William Hals (1655–1737) — photo by @Evertype

1

2018-11-25
02:15

By far the most exciting moment of my visit to the Bibliothèque nationale de France came when I saw this scroll being unrolled, and I immediately recognised it as the unique Tang dynasty manuscript of pipa lute notation for 25 tunes.

2

2018-11-25
01:36

And this is a fragment of an Old Uyghur manuscript from the Pelliot collection (gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv…) for @dmatsui1217

2

2018-11-25
00:55

After the conference we went to the Bibliothèque nationale de France to examine Tangut fragments and other treasures. Here is me and Prof. Arakawa Shintarō looking at an unidentified Tangut dharani (I left my reading glasses in the cloakroom, so it is all a bit of a blur for me!)

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Scripts and Languages

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-01-28
17:31

Copy of the seal of the Dalai Lama in Chinese, Tibetan and Manchu, from a letter of 1734; in Hunter MS 395 "Numophylacium sinicum" by Theophilus Siegfried Bayer (1694-1738), photographed by @HelenWangLondon chinesemoneymatters.wordpress.com/2020/01/28/67…

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2019-07-23
14:06

British Library Add MS 73525 (bl.uk/manuscripts/Fu…) is a collection of manuscript fragments dating from the 10th through 16th centuries, including this single folio "in an unknown script, in red, blue, and black ink, possibly liturgical in nature".

3

2019-04-07
14:27

酔後失禮謝書 (Or.8210/S.2200) 昨日多飲,酔甚過度。麁踈言詞,都不醒覺。朝來見諸人説,方知其由,無地容身,慚悚尤積。本緣小噐,到次滿盈,(深反仄,深反仄)。伏望仁明,不賜罪責。續當面謝,先狀諮申。伏惟監察。不宣,謹狀。

{@BL_MadeDigital}

3

2019-03-28
14:27

The British Library’s unique copy of the 1592-1593 Amakusa edition of Feiqe no monogatari [Heike monogatari], Esopo no fabulas [Isoho monogatari] and Qincuxu [Kinkushū] in Portuguese romanization is now available online dglb01.ninjal.ac.jp/BL_amakusa/en…

1

2019-03-15
20:29

And this page corresponds to the bottom ⅓ of the 8th line to the top ⅓ of the 12th line of the small Uighur inscription on the east wall (presumably the last ⅔ of the last line are over the page) ...

3

2019-03-15
19:04

Finally we come to the 4th volume, with copies of the inscriptions in the Old Uighur script (parent of the Mongolian script). This page corresponds to the large Uighur inscription on the west wall, starting about ½ way down the 2nd line and ending near the bottom of the 3rd line.

2

2019-03-07
16:43

This is the last page of the Tangut volume, corresponding to the last 3⅓ lines of the transcription in small Tangut characters on the east wall of the Sanskrit Dharani-Sutra of the Victorious Buddha-Crown.

2

2019-03-06
15:57

This is the first page of the Tangut volume, corresponding to the surviving two-thirds of the first line of the Tathāgata-hṛdaya-dhāraṇī-sūtra in large Tangut characters on the west wall:

□□□□□□□□𗏵𘅄𗬂𘈪𗏤𘕜𗫂𘀍𗕘𗙫𗏵𗶴𗦆𗞞𗏵𗐱𗅒𗬔𘀍𘅄

4

2019-03-05
18:44

The next image is the last page of the Phags-pa volume, comprising a single line of Mongolian written in Phags-pa script, corresponding to the last line of the small character Phags-pa inscription on the east wall:

ꡆꡘ ꡅꡞꡏ ꡎꡟ ꡗꡋ ꡉꡟ ꡗꡞꡋ ꡁꡦꡡꡘ ꡁꡞ ꡁꡦꡊ ꡎꡦꡘ ꡠ

4

2019-03-04
10:56

This is the first page of the volume of inscriptions in the Phags-pa script, corresponding to the start (line 1 + beginning of line 2) of the Sanskrit inscription in large Phags-pa script on the west wall. It reads top-to-bottom running from left to right (same as Mongolian) ...

4

2019-03-03
10:35

This is the last page of the Chinese volume, corresponding to lines 18-21 of the small character inscription on the east wall (i.e. the end of the Record of Merits for Constructing the Pagoda 造塔功德記) ...

3

2019-03-02
17:25

I'll post pictures of the four scripts/languages kindly supplied by @library_carlyr over the next few days. To start with, here is the first page of the volume covering the Chinese inscriptions, which corresponds to lines 1-2 of the large character inscription on the west wall.

5

2019-02-25
11:47

Today I learned (h/t @CraigClunas) that the John Rylands Library (Manchester University) holds Qing dynasty copies of the Sanskrit and Tibetan inscriptions at the Cloud Platform at Juyong Pass. Very important if they predate Bonaparte's 1895 rubbings. luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s…

8

2019-01-18
01:50

Ersu sacred printing sticks.

5

2018-12-24
02:07

མྱི་ཁྱོད་གི་རོགས་ནི་ལྷ་ཨི་ཤི་མྱི་ཤི་ཧ་ཞེས་བྱ་སྟེ་། །ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ་དཔལ་ཤག་ཀྱ་ཐུབ་པ་བྱེད་དེ་། ...

"i shi myi shi ha" = "Jesus Messiah"

{@Lhatseri}

6

2018-10-24
10:25

Here's something I've never seen before. A Chinese style carved wooden table with an inscribed slab of rock (10" × 6") embedded in the middle (transcription in next tweet). Found in a junk shop in Cirencester. Anyone got any ideas about when or why the table was made?

5

2017-09-23
12:36

And here are a couple of Syriac inscriptions by the Nestorian priest Särgis [at the Hohhot White Pagoda], with unencoded nišan sign at bottom of each.

1

2017-05-10
21:57

Leaf from 1476/1477 book printed by Caxton, cunningly displayed at Reading Uni so as to be near impossible to photo. bbc.co.uk/news/education…

3

2015-10-22
08:07

吉祥如意 — #Nüshu 女书 calligraphy by Prof. Zhao Liming 赵丽明, a kind present to me at the end of #WG2_64 meeting in Matsue

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Phags-pa Script

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2019-03-28
10:40

.@dmatsui1217 discusses the Uighur Buddhist Buyan-Qaya and his father Yïγmïš-Qaya, both from Suzhou (modern Jiuquan in Gansu), who left their marks at the Mogao and Yulin caves. academia.edu/38650396/Dai_M…

Picture shows "I, Buyan-Qaya" in Phags-pa scipt: ꡏꡦꡋ ꡎꡟ ꡗꡦꡋ ꡢ ꡗꡦ

2

2017-09-23
12:36

I went around the pagoda in the dark blindly taking photos of the walls — here's some Phags-pa (ꡌꡓ ꡉ = 寶塔)

1


Jurchen Script

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2018-03-31
20:31

After a hiatus of more than 2 years I return to my blog with a post about a Jurchen inscription on the River Arkhara in Russia babelstone.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/jurche…

3

2017-08-18
17:15

Jurchen inscription (c. 1228) found in 2014 in Northern Shaanxi — incomplete but beautiful calligraphy sohu.com/a/56226426_119… #Jurchen #女真文

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Khitan Scripts

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-08-19
01:33

Earlier this month the Empress Dowager Xiao Canal Museum of Culture 萧太后河文化馆 opened to the public in Tongzhou District of Beijing, with over 1,000 exhibits relating mostly to Khitan history and culture acquired from private individuals (民间收藏品) beijing.qianlong.com/2020/0803/4517 …

7

2020-08-13
22:53

Exciting news! A Liao dynasty inscription in Khitan Small Script written in ink above the entrance to a cave has recently been discovered at Wulandaba Sumu in Bairin Left Banner, Inner Mongolia chinanews.com/cul/2020/08-07…

7

2020-05-10
00:04

A Khitan Large Script bronze seal discovered in Uzbekistan in 2019 — study by Vladimir Belyaev et al. in Revue de la Société de Numismatique Asiatique No. 33 (March 2020) academia.edu/42322090/Recen…

9

2020-02-02
18:01

This gold pendant with Khitan Small Script inscriptions on one side in regular script and on the other side in seal script was published in "Radiant Legacy: Ancient Chinese Gold from the Mengdiexuan Collection" 金曜風華: 夢蝶軒藏中國古代金飾 (ISBN 978-962-7055-21-1) ...

6

2019-01-26
00:39

New photo of the jade fragment with Khitan Small Script inscription that I discussed on my blog last year babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2018/11/y…

2

2018-11-29
10:32

I've just published a blog post on the Khitan Jade from the Liao Mausoleum at Yiwulü Mountain babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2018/11/y…

1

2016-09-25
14:48

Newly discovered fragments of Khitan large script written on the wall of a tomb in Inner Mongolia sssc.cn/a/20160922/147…

{@JerryYou517}

2

2016-09-10
20:04

Day 11: Upstairs the gallery is ready for opening, and we see our first Khitan (Small Script) epitaph of the trip

2

2016-09-10
19:40

Day 11: No Khitan epitaphs on public display here either, but several fragments of Khitan Large Script inscriptions.

2

2016-09-09
19:52

Day 10: No Khitan epitaphs on display; but we find 3 unpublished Khitan Large Script epitaphs leaning against a wall

2

2015-04-03
21:20

Liao dynasty clay coins with Khitan Large Script 天朝萬順 inscription bbs.chcoin.com/show-7330804.h…

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Tangut Script

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-11-25
21:42

As I discussed a few months ago, the Musée Guimet in Paris has a Western Xia bronze official seal, published as an appendix to the edition of the Tangut Lotus Sutra (2018). The appendix also records five bronze passes (牌子 páizi) held at the Guimet

10

2020-10-31
14:14

These are some of a number of scattered fragments of a manuscript document in Tangut script recording court cases from the Guazhou Department of Military Supervision (瓜州監軍司審判案). 1/thread

{中研院史語所 Institute of History and Philology}

15

2020-08-04
12:44

This Ming dynasty woodblock edition of the Tangut translation of the High King Avalokitesvara Sutra (𗣛𘟙𗯨𗙏𘝯𗖰𗚩 = 高王觀世音經) is one of two Tangut texts from the collection of Zhōu Zhàoxiáng 周肇祥 (1880–1954) which are now held at the Palace Museum in Beijing.

10

2020-07-31
13:40

I have spent the last week or so researching the sordid world of Chinese auctions of Tangut documents, and I have documented all I can find on this page babelstone.co.uk/Tangut/Auction…

9

2020-07-20
16:13

Western Xia painting on the southern wall of Yulin Cave 29 (榆林窟第29窟) in Gansu, showing a child with the accompanying Tangut inscription 𘃾𘝳𗥔𘀄𗈪𗤶𗖵𗨳 "grandson Mɪ-lhəɯ-ngi̯u turns to the Buddha with all his heart". 1/2

2

2020-07-07
18:08

The Tangut discoveries at the Shanzuigou caves (山嘴沟石窟) in Ningxia, a blog post in collaboration with @cosmicore babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2020/07/s…

14

2020-07-05
14:24

This is the third movable type edition of a 12th-century Tangut Buddhist text from the Shanzuigou site. It is a translation from the Chinese text 占察善惡業報經 "Sūtra of Divination to Examine the Karmic Retribution" [T839]. Only this page and a very small fragment were found.

9

2020-07-03
15:00

Three different movable type editions of Tangut Buddhist texts were found at the Shanzuigou site in Ningxia. This one (with a woodblock-printed title slip) shows uneven inking which is a common feature of editions printed with baked clay movable type.

11

2020-07-02
13:16

While we are waiting for my blog post on the Shanzuigou site to be ready, let's look at a third interesting piece: the end page from a Tangut Buddhist text printed using baked clay movable type (you can tell at a glance!). It lists the people involved in the printing process.

11

2020-07-01
15:13

Here is a Tangut medicinal recipe titled "Powdered medicine for ten thousand ailments" (𗩩𗦮𘋅 = 萬病散), although the first line says that it is a cure for green and white phlegm (taking 𗣩 as a transcription of Chinese 痰).

5

2020-06-27
10:42

Does anyone have any idea what this script is? I am totally stumped. I'll give the details tomorrow, but all I'll say for now is that it is from China in a c. 12th century context.

4

2020-05-19
19:41

This is a bronze Western Xia official seal for a military commander (Tangut 𗥦𗖅 = Chinese 首領) held at the Musée Guimet in Paris.

7

2020-05-11
12:23

In response to @TangutSea's latest tweet (twitter.com/TangutSea/stat…), I was up last night until 3 am transcribing the unique manuscript copy of the Tangut translation of the Sāgara-nāgarāja-paripṛcchā (Question asked by the Dragon King of the Sea) [T599] (Or.12380/3621)

14

2020-03-09
20:21

My simple guide to the nine Tangut disunifications introduced in #Unicode13 babelstone.co.uk/Tangut/Disunif…

1

2020-02-24
20:39

This is big news to me! In May 2015 the National Library of China acquired 18 bundles of Tangut documents in a very poor state from a book dealer in Yinchuan who had contacted eminent Tangutologist Prof. Shi Jinbo. culture.people.com.cn/n1/2020/0221/c…

10

2019-12-15
20:00

Wooden tablet with ink inscription in semi-cursive Tangut recording repairs to the Baisigou Square Pagoda (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baisigou_…) between the 13th and 23rd days of the 5th month of the 13th year of the Zhenguan era, i.e. 27 June to 7 July 1113 in the Julian calendar.).

9

2019-12-12
12:23

This woodblock for a Tangut Buddhist text which was found inside the Hongfo Pagoda 宏佛塔 north of Yinchuan Ningxia in 1990 is believed to be the oldest surviving text printing block in China (I took the photograph at the Ningxia Museum in 2016 commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hong…).

5

2019-09-15
12:48

Five Western Xia official seals in #Tangut seal script on display at the National Museum of China in Beijing.

10

2019-05-06
14:34

Today's exciting (for me) #Tangut discovery in the Stein Collection at @idp_uk is a tiny fragment of the very rare "A edition" of the Tangut Homophones (𗙏𘙰 = 同音) idp.bl.uk/database/oo_lo… (outlined in red)

4

2019-05-04
18:33

Tangut seal imprint for the "Head Supervisor of Grain Measurement" 𘑐𘅞𗥦[𘏿] on a fragment from the Stein Collection at @idp_uk idp.bl.uk/database/oo_lo…

2

2019-05-04
11:30

Mars (𗜐𗵫) with Scorpio (𘓺𘊓), and the 3rd lunar mansion (𘞱𗵫 = "Under Constellation") on his left. #Tangut

{@JeffreyKotyk}

1

2019-03-22
21:08

When I was attending a Tangut colloquium in France last November (twitter.com/BabelStone/sta…) Prof. Arakawa Shintarō kindly gave me a copy of his 2016 study on Tangut cursive characters, which includes this very useful appendix by Ono Hiroko (小野裕子) listing 60 characters.

2

2019-03-18
21:12

The Tangut manuscript discussed here (twitter.com/BabelStone/sta…) & here (twitter.com/BabelStone/sta…) is interesting in so many ways; and one unexpected point of interest turns out to be the writing on the other side of the paper which so annoyingly disrupts our reading of the text ...

10

2019-03-17
11:32

Tangut cursive script is extremely difficult for the modern student to learn (we have no masters to teach us), and I am still a beginner. Maybe when @tkasasagi has completed her fantastic work with AI recognition of kuzushiji she can turn her attention to cursive Tangut!

3

2019-03-16
13:31

The dark underbelly of #Tangut society ... a manuscript contract for the private sale of household slaves (Institute of Oriental Manuscripts Inv. No. 4579 from Kharakhoto).

7

2019-01-13
00:32

Ketu, called the Pearl Star (𗊏𗵫) in Tangut. The Tangut version is depicted with green skin and a hideous appearance, completely different from the other East Asian depictions, and lacking their distinctive iconography.

{@JeffreyKotyk}

2

2019-01-12
13:11

Anyone care to identify and explain the various objects scattered at the feet of the purported Tangut emperor in this painting from Khara-Khoto at the Hermitage? Including coral branch, rhinoceros horn, pair of flaming pearls? hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/her…

1

2019-01-11
19:40

Western Xia painting of a Garuda (Tangut 𗡝𗜪𗓽 ka lew lo) from Khara-Khoto at the Hermitage Museum hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/her…

1

2019-01-11
12:07

Tangut title on top left is 𗼑𗎾𗵫 "moon comet star". The donor's name is given at the bottom left as 𘓞𗄈𗇋𗥚𗳩[?][?] but I can't make out the last two characters which are the given name of someone with the family name 𗥚𗳩 Ziq-o (in Miyake transcription).

{@JeffreyKotyk}

1

2019-01-05
16:17

Western Xia bronze hand mirror with a picture of an official and a deer, above which are the #Tangut characters 𘔭 [1dzen4] "money" (Chinese 錢) and 𘑨 [2wuq1] "to aid" (Chinese 祐) respectively. Photographed at the Xixia Museum in Yinchuan.

2

2019-01-01
19:32

Film by Ilia Stogoff made for the 200th anniversary of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (Asiatic Museum) of the Russian Academy of Studies orientalstudies.ru/eng/index.php?… (the Tangut dictionary "Sea of Writing" 𘝞𗗚 shown)

2

2018-11-21
10:37

Folke Bergman's photo of the northwest corner of Khara-khoto in January 1931 (jarringcollection.se/travel/travels… via @csen_nomads) ...

5

2018-10-18
10:28

The 1278 Stele of Xiaoli Qianbu 小李鈐部 (1191–1259), a Tangut official under the Yuan dynasty, found in 2013 at Daming, Hebei babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2015/01/t…

3

2018-10-18
10:27

The 1350 Stele of Laosuo 老索 (1188–1260), a Tangut official under the Yuan dynasty, found in 1985 at Baoding, Hebei babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2015/01/t…

2

2018-08-27
19:08

"A bit of Tangut printing" from T. F. Carter's "The invention of printing in China and its spread westward" (1931) twitter.com/shugeorg/statu…

4

2018-08-12
14:32

Tangut clay elephant from inside one of the 108 stupas in Ningxia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:108_… — possibly the base for a statue of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra #WorldElephantDay

2

2018-08-10
18:42

Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī riding a lion on a Tangut silk painting from Khara-Khoto hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/her… #

As is the case with so much Tangut vocabulary, the Tangut word for 'lion' 𘆅𗹛 ₂ka¹₂che³ is of unknown etymology (the 2nd element 𗹛 is a homophone of 𗗯 'dog').

1

2017-09-11
10:36

Tangut printed with moveable type — the same defective type sort (broken stroke) is used on two consecutive folios unicode.org/L2/L2017/17314…

6

2017-01-09
21:48

Label on top right is 𗂰𗏣𗵒𗵫 "Golden Star of the West" (Chinese 西方金星). Taurus is the "Golden Ox" 𗵒𗅠 in Tangut, so golden in the picture.

{@JeffreyKotyk}

1

2017-01-09
19:58

At SOAS today I find the sources for Clauson's #Tangut Dictionary (evertype.com/books/ctt1-cla…), probably all from Clauson's own collection.

1

2016-06-15
19:53

#Tangut calligraphy #2: U+17FE2 𗿢 "imperial edict" (eap.bl.uk/database/large…) @idp_uk

1

2016-05-27
10:42

#Tangut calligraphy: U+18250 𘉐 "achievement" (idp.bl.uk/database/oo_lo…) @idp_uk

1


Ogham Script

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-07-22
16:25

Miniature sandstone ogham stone (only 11 cm in length and 199 g in weight) dug up by a gardener in the Binley and Willenhall area of Coventry. h/t @Evertype

{Mysterious sandstone rock engraved with ancient script found in Coventry garden}

3

2019-07-25
17:59

The Silchester Ogham Stone, found at the bottom of a well in the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum in 1893. Photographed by me on this day three years ago.

1

2018-08-20
10:01

Beautiful and unusual example of the use of the X-shaped supplementary ogham letter k ᚕ. Three of the stones in this cluster commemorate members of the Toicacas tribe, twice spelt normally as TOICACI ᚈᚑᚔᚉᚐᚉᚔ, but once spelt TOICAKI ᚈᚑᚔᚉᚐᚕᚔ (as shown on the photo).

{@Vkkokko}

1

2018-08-17
19:02

Ogham-inscribed jewellery is very rare. This amber bead from Co. Clare is inscribed with a magical word in Ogham script that Macalister, with no great conviction, reads as ATUCMLU ᚐᚈᚒᚉᚋᚂᚒ (-CMLU visible in the image, the V-shaped mark below the stemline is U apparently).

1

2018-08-17
18:47

Whenever I go to the British Museum, as I did today, I get to this Ogham stone from Devon, and just stop and gaze at it for ten minutes. For me it is one of the most perfect objects in the museum.

2


Runic Scripts

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2018-08-31
11:15

ᚴᚢᚱᛁᛚᛋᛅᚱᚦᚢᛅᚱᛅᚠᛅᚱᚦᚢᚾᚢᚠᚢᚾᛏᛁᚾᛁᛋᛏᚢᚦᚢᚱᚢᛁᚵᛁᚦᛁᚴ

ᚦᚨᚱᛋᛅᛏᚱᚢᛏᛁᚾᛁᚢᚱᛁᛚᛋᛅᚱᚦᚢᛅᚱᛅᚢᛁᚦᚱᛅᚦᚱᛅᚢᛅᚱᛁ

kurilsarþuarafarþunufuntinistuþuruigiþik

þorsatrutiniurilsarþuarauiþraþrauari

{@wyrdwritere}

3

2018-08-17
21:32

Anglo-Saxon stone cross-head from St Mary's Church, Lancaster, inscribed with runes reading: ᚷᛁᛒᛁᛞᚫᚦᚠᚩ | ᚱᚫᚳᚣᚾᛁᛒᚪᛚ | ᚦᚳᚢᚦᛒᛖᚱᛖ[ᚻᛏ] ''gibidæþ foræ cynibalþ cuþbere[ht]'' ("Pray for Cynibalth, Cuthbert").

2

2018-08-17
21:00

Anglo-Saxon gold runic ring, found in June 1817 at Kingmoor near Carlisle, and inscribed with an uninterpretable inscription comprising 30 Anglo-Saxon runes (last 3 on inside):

+ÆRKRIUFLTKRIURIÞONGLÆSTÆPON / TOL

᛭ᚫᚱᛣᚱᛁᚢᚠᛚᛏᛣᚱᛁᚢᚱᛁᚦᚩᚾᚷᛚᚫᛋᛏᚫᛈᚩᚾ / ᛏᚩᛚ

1

2018-08-17
20:03

The Anglo-Saxon runic-inscribed Seax of Beagnoth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seax_of_B…

2

2018-08-14
21:25

Another Anglo-Saxon disc-headed pin with a runic inscription, found at Bardney in Lincolnshire, this time engraved with the 15th through 25th letters of the Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet: ᛉᛋᛏᛒᛖᛗᛚᛝᛞᛟᚪ x-s-t-b-e-m-l-ng-d-oe-a finds.org.uk/database/artef…

5

2018-08-14
10:36

ON BM Add. MS 47967 f. 1 are neatly written the Anglo-Saxon runes y-r-þ-e-r-o-ng-t-ng-æ-o-n-ḡ-o-n-ḡ ᚣᚱᚦᛖᚱᚩᛝᛏᛝᚫᚩᚾᚸᚩᚾᚸ incongruously annotated as a-b-c-d-e-f-g-h-i-l-m-n-o-p-r-s. bl.uk/catalogues/ill…

2

2018-08-13
10:04

First eleven letters of the Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet (ᚠᚢᚦᚩᚱᚳᚷᚹᚻᚾᛁ).

{@liddyprosser}

4


Games

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-06-10
12:10

One of two surviving Han dynasty sundials, both of which have been repurposed as Liubo game boards by engraving the distinctive "TLV" liubo design over the original sundial markings ...

{@HistAstro}

3

2020-05-01
23:38

One of my favourite things — people playing the ancient board game of liubo 六博 inside a model three-storied tower from an Eastern Han tomb in Shaan County, Henan (My photo at the National Museum of China, August 2011)

3

2019-11-12
16:44

The game board depicted on a runestone from Sweden is remarkably similar to that used for playing liubo in China a thousand years earlier. babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2009/05/l…

{@Berserkjablogg}

1

2018-10-25
01:49

The earliest Western printed description of Xiangqi (Chinese chess) in Thomas Hyde's 1694 De Ludis Orientalibus.

8


People

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2019-07-05
10:12

"The Unicode Gang" in 2009 unicode.org/history/photoa… #UnicodeGang

4

2018-11-15
00:59

Evangeline D. Edwards (1888-1957), Professor of Chinese and Head of Department of the Far East at SOAS, and Acting Head of the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, 1921-1955

3

2018-11-14
23:42

Various designs drawn by Charles Otto Blagden (1864-1949) digital.soas.ac.uk/blagden/all/br…

8

2018-11-14
22:47

Letter from Qi Yuzhen 祁育真 (Member of the Shantou Christian Association 汕头市基督教联合会 in the 1950s) to Prof. Evangeline D. Edwards (1888-1957) at SOAS, dated 23 December 1932 (in the papers of Charles Otto Blagden) digital.soas.ac.uk/BL00000059

3


Emoji

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2019-10-25
12:02

Recent emoji proposals (㉘/⧜):

River emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19334…

Vulture emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19335…

Lotus emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19371…

1

2019-10-25
11:53

Recent emoji proposals (㉗/⧜):

Low Battery emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19316…

Raised Little Finger emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19326…

Hand with Index Finger and Thumb Crossed emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19327…

1

2019-09-19
10:52

Recent emoji proposals (㉖/⧜):

Submarine emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19305…

Crow/Raven emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19307…

Mirror Ball emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19310…

Bubbles emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19311…

Chainsaw emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19312…

1

2019-09-19
10:38

Proposals for black or white versions of existing emoji using ZWJ sequences:

White Wine emoji {🍷‍⬜} unicode.org/L2/L2019/19276…

Black Cat emoji {🐈‍⬛} unicode.org/L2/L2019/19277…

Polar Bear emoji {🐻‍⬜} unicode.org/L2/L2019/19296…

1

2019-08-13
11:31

Proposal for Face with X Eyes emoji (unicode.org/L2/L2019/19303…) in order to try to sort out the chaos created by incompatible vendor implementations of the existing Dizzy Face 😵 emoji.

4

2019-06-26
12:33

Recent emoji proposals (󰁉/󰡣):

Troll emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19232…


@Evertype and myself had to drag this one kicking and screaming through the emoji subcommittee and on to the Unicode document registry!

2

2019-06-20
05:35

Recent emoji proposals (㉔/⧜):

Biting Lip emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19219…

Diaper emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19215…

Bison emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19187…

1

2019-04-24
08:57

Recent emoji proposals (㉓/⧜):

Latin Cornbread emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19156…

Blueberries emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19157…

Plunger emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19158…

"What do you want?" pinched fingers emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19159…

1

2019-04-24
00:52

Recent emoji proposals (㉒/⧜):

Lung emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19149…

Heart emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19150…

Slightly Smiling Face with Tear emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19147…

1

2019-04-24
00:50

Recent emoji proposals (㉑/⧜):

Seal emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19155…

Tooth Brush emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19153…

Tamale emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19154…

1

2019-04-24
00:45

Recent emoji proposals (፳/⧜):

Mouse Trap emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19144…

Rock emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19145…

Olive emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19146…

Beetle emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19148…

Knot emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19152…

Roller Skate emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19151…

1

2019-04-24
00:37

Recent emoji proposals (𝋳/⧜):

Window emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19108…

Two People Hugging emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19109…

Beaver emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19110…

1

2019-04-09
23:14

Recent emoji proposals (𝋲/⧜):

Hut emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19102…

Teapot emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19103…

Flip-flop / Strap Sandal emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19104…

Bucket / Pail emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19105…

(Coming in thick and fast ... 12 proposals in 12 days)

1

2019-04-08
23:42

Recent emoji proposals (𝋱/⧜):

Matryoshka emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19096…

Wood emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19097…

Mirror emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19098…

Person Looking in Mirror emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19099…

(because the UTC is "reining it in while we can, as much as we can")

1

2019-04-03
15:16

Recent emoji proposals (𝋰/⧜):

Long Drum emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19090…

Cockroach emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19095…

2

2019-03-29
23:48

Recent emoji proposals (𝋯/⧜):

Accordion emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19087…

Sewing needle emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19088…

(and back to today)

1

2019-03-29
23:45

Recent emoji proposals (𝋮/⧜):

Cooking Pot emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19060…

Placard emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19061…

Piñata emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19062…

(clearing the January/February emoji backlog)

1

2019-03-29
23:40

Recent emoji proposals (𝋭/⧜):

Boomerang emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18331…

Bubble tea emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18341…

Worm emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18343…

(resuming this series at December 2018 after I gave up in despair)

1

2018-11-16
09:05

Recent emoji proposals (Ⅻ/⧜):

Wrapped Food in Leaf emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18325…

Hook emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18327…

Fondue emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18328…

Elevator and Flight of Stairs emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18329…

1

2018-10-24
21:44

Recent emoji proposals (⑪/⧜):

Fly emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18317…

Ladder Emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18320…

2

2018-09-25
20:08

Recent emoji proposals (⑩/⧜):

Disguised Face emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18311…

Coin Emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18310…

3

2018-08-30
20:35

Recent emoji proposals (9/2):

Capsicum emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18277…

2

2018-08-02
19:59

Recent emoji proposals (8/2):

Pickup truck emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18260…

Potted plant emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18261…

Tissue box emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18262…

2

2018-07-10
20:06

Recent emoji proposals (7/2):

Inhaler emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18215…

Magic Wand emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18218…

1

2018-06-08
09:21

Recent emoji proposals (6/2):

Ninja Emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18197…

Feather Emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18200…

Camouflage Helmet Emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18199…

1

2018-05-08
22:55

Recent emoji proposals (5/2):

Saw unicode.org/L2/L2018/18178…

Screwdriver unicode.org/L2/L2018/18179…

1

2010-04-25
21:28

Recent emoji proposals (4/2):

Kite unicode.org/L2/L2018/18135…

Pinch unicode.org/L2/L2018/18139…

Orangutan unicode.org/L2/L2018/18137…

Stethoscope unicode.org/L2/L2018/18140…

4

2018-04-19
10:56

Unicode Technical Committee docs with "emoji" in file name:


2006: 0/407

2007: 1/423

2008: 5/431

2009: 9/425

2010: 5/476

2011: 5/451

2012: 3/391

2013: 1/243

2014: 15/304

2015: 30/343

2016: 55/385

2017: 72/442

2018: 32/131


Somebody please extrapolate the emoji singularity for me.

3

2018-04-18
20:36

Recent emoji proposals (3/2):

Banjo unicode.org/L2/L2018/18124…

Oyster unicode.org/L2/L2018/18123…

Falafel unicode.org/L2/L2018/18125…

Juice unicode.org/L2/L2018/18130…

Yo-yo unicode.org/L2/L2018/18129…

Ringed planet unicode.org/L2/L2018/18127…

Skunk unicode.org/L2/L2018/18128…

1

2018-04-12
23:25

Recent emoji proposals (2/2):

Otter unicode.org/L2/L2018/18093…

Flamingo unicode.org/L2/L2018/18098…

Waffle unicode.org/L2/L2018/18087…

Butter unicode.org/L2/L2018/18112…

1

2018-04-12
23:25

Recent emoji proposals (1/2):

Auto Rickshaw unicode.org/L2/L2018/18086…

Stitting & Standing unicode.org/L2/L2018/18091…

Ballet unicode.org/L2/L2018/18113…

Iceberg unicode.org/L2/L2018/18111…

Blood Drop unicode.org/L2/L2018/18092…

1


Travels Abroad

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2019-06-17
07:18

Snoqualmie Falls, in the heart of Twin Peaks country.

1

2019-02-22
14:57

View of the astronomical clock in the Cathédrale Saint-Jean in Lyon.

3

2019-02-19
23:09

Ci-gît un nid-de-poule 2011–2017 (à Lyon)

1

2019-02-18
20:59

#OTD in #Lyon 75 years ago: "Ici le 18 février 1944 Bernard Guy, Sergent F.F.I. a été tué par la milice en tentant de s'évader. Passant, Souviens toi!"

1

2019-02-18
19:52

This week I am in France for a few days, and today I attempted to do a round trip train journey from Lyon to Paris and back (2 hours each way by TGV) in order to consult a Tangut manuscript at the Musée Guimet ...

3

2018-11-23
21:23

Ce matin j'étais à Arras avec @Romain_Tangoute @vauzhao et des autres tangutologues pour un colloque international «Recontre de Tangoutologie» ...

6

2017-09-25
07:40

Day 8: Hohhot: Lunch with a Muya Bönpo lama showing us Ersu astrological books.

6

2017-09-21
12:48

Day 4 (pm): Hohhot: Successful meeting to progress encoding of set of 1,188 #NaxiDongba 纳西东巴characters, with @evertype and Naxi experts.

1

2017-09-21
07:01

Day 4 (am): Hohhot: Successful meeting to finalize the encoding of a set of 486 #Shuishu 水书characters, with @evertype and Shuishu experts.

1

2017-09-19
14:43

Kalaviṅka (妙音鳥) from the Yuan capital of Khanbaliq. Kalaviṅka sculptures like this are a particular feature of Tangut Buddhist art.

1

2017-09-19
11:19

Day 1: Beijing: "A Panda" 阿潘达 and Sun Wukong at Xisi.

1

2015-10-19
01:31

@ken_lunde @CJKType WG2 meeting starting here at the Kunibiki Messe in Matsue in half an hour, on a hazy morning.

1


Out and About

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-09-27
22:18

Bird box sculpture at Farnham Heath

1

2020-08-16
21:42

Shadow selfie with cows.

1

2020-06-16
17:47

This is not Takamatsu 高松 in Japan (where I was meant to be all this week) #dailywalk

1

2020-05-06
19:32

Some of my favourite cows ...

4

2020-04-12
16:10

The most glorious Easter day I can remember, but I didn't really have the heart to photograph my Easter walk this year. But here is some beautiful blossom near the old mill over the River Wey.

4

2020-04-11
16:05

Rock Mill waterfall in Farnham. I've walked past here a hundred times but never realised that it was originally a waterfall until I read this (farnhamherald.com/article.cfm?id…)

2

2020-03-20
16:58

Spring walk. Cows. In a field near where I live.

2

2019-11-16
16:01

Off the beaten track at Bourne Wood Farnham

1

2019-11-04
17:26

Sable Wood, Farnham #dailywalk

1

2019-08-05
16:42

Almost the last day of filming of 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔒𝔩𝔡 𝔊𝔲𝔞𝔯𝔡 at the Bourne Woods this afternoon (photos shot at full zoom through a small gap in the trees at about 300 yards)

2

2019-07-28
14:40

Went for a Sunday morning walk, so here are some sheep chilling in the shade of some trees near where we live.

1

2019-06-02
19:31

Little egret in the River Wey today, and then the same bird two hours later in a different stretch of the river.

1

2018-09-22
12:32

Sunset at Hope Cove last night.

1

2018-03-02
23:55

Oscar Wilde (1895-1897), with the walls of Reading Gaol on the left and the River Kennet on the right.

2


Home and Garden

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-05-04
15:20

I hear that it is cool to post pictures of your bookshelves. Here is mine updated for my latest Tangut acquisitions. Hopefully nothing too offensive!

1

2020-04-26
10:43

Mouse trap ...

5

2019-09-17
16:10

Annual grape harvest underway at the West household

2

2019-04-13
20:41

My hamster Mochi eating a pumpkin seed.

1

2019-03-31
12:53

Mochi, my lovely hamster!

1

2019-01-30
12:38

Foxy friends in my back garden enjoying the sunshine on a frosty morning.

1


My Books

Date Tweet Image Tweets

2020-11-12
17:46

For some reason I never posted a picture of my copy of the Tangut-Chinese Dictionary (夏漢字典) compiled by Lǐ Fànwén 李範文 (2nd ed., 2008) which I got in February 2009.

1

2020-11-12
14:22

Today's addition to my Tangut library is Prof. Kychanov's 2006 Tangut-Russian-English-Chinese Dictionary, with many thanks to @cosmicore

1

2020-08-22
12:06

Yesterday I bought a rather interesting copy of the Manx Bible (Yn Vible Casherick, ny yn Chenn Chonaant, as yn Conaant Noa) published by the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1819 ...

12

2020-06-02
18:34

In order to celebrate the hundreds of hours I have spent expanding and improving the Tangut Yinchuan font over the last few years, I am offering a range of Tangut book rewards for generous donations in support of BabelStone fonts

1

2020-05-04
11:58

Posted from China at the end of February, and finally arrived today: "The Tangut Manuscripts — Lotus Sutra Collected by the Guimet National Museum of Asian Art in France" 法國吉美國立亞洲藝術博物館藏西夏文獻 (2018)

10

2020-03-17
16:26

A rather special addition to my library of Middle Cornish literature: The Charter Fragment and Pascon agan Arluth (The Passion of our Lord) transcribed and prepared for publication by @Evertype, and translated into English by Nicholas Williams amazon.co.uk/Charter-Fragme…

5

2020-02-19
20:27

Today I gratefully received from Prof. Arakawa Shintarō 荒川慎太郎 a copy of his wonderful book on the Tangut Lotus Sutra 𗤓𗹙𗤻𗑗𗖰𗚩 volume (vol. 4, chs. 8-11) held at Princeton University Library. A valuable addition to my Tangut book collection!

6

2019-12-30
21:47

Today I received a copy of a massive book by Lei Runze et al. on the Western Xia (Tangut) Buddhist pagodas and stupas, which I have being trying to get hold of for several years. It has 227 colour plates and 29 plans and sections of pagodas.

2

2019-04-05
13:24

Today's acquisition for my Tangut Library is this volume from Ostasiatische Zeitschrift October 1917 / March 1918, which includes Anna Bernhardi's "Buddhistische Bilder aus der Glanzzeit der Tanguten" which I think must be the first ever article on Tangut art.

6

2018-10-27
19:24

The earliest English translation of the Outlaws of the Marsh (水滸傳), under the title All Men Are Brothers, was made by Pearl S. Buck in 1933. 70 years ago an edition with vibrant colour illustrations by Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957) was published by the Heritage Press ... 0/32

33

2018-10-27
17:59

Beautifully produced new edition of Jackson's 1937 translation of the Outlaws of the Marsh 水滸傳 foliosociety.com/uk/outlaws-of-…, one of my favourite of the four great Ming novels ...

{@xuetingni}

9

2018-06-02
14:29

Just received my signed copy of Словари кяхтинского пиджина [Dictionaries of Kyakhta Pidgin] by Profs. Irina F. Popova and Takata Tokio orientalstudies.ru/rus/index.php?… for which I provided the Chinese font covering some rare and as yet unencoded Han ideographs.

3

2018-02-01
15:29

Today's addition to my library: "Histoire générale des voyages, ou nouvelle collection de toutes les relations de voyages par mer et par terre" tome 25: Description de la Tartarie orientale et du Tibet (Paris, 1749), including a map of the Xia (Tangut) Empire

1

2017-04-17
01:17

With my recent acquisition of the Tangut Tripitaka (temporarily missing v.3) my #Tangut books no longer fit on one bookshelf.

1

2017-01-27
19:49

Copy of Clauson's Skeleton Tangut Dictionary that I donated on display at IOM in St Petersburg (photo by @cosmicore) evertype.com/books/ctt1-cla…

1

2016-09-24
18:30

Today's acquisition for my Tangut library, Bonaparte's 1895 "Documents de l'époque mongole des XIIIe et XIVe siècles" @cosmicore @jerryyou

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2016-09-20
11:43

Jin Qizong's 1984 Dictionary of Jurchen 女真文辞典 which I bought in Beijing when it was newly published

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2016-09-20
11:28

Not so rare, but still nice to have, Grube's 1896 Jurchen dictionary "Die Sprache und Schrift der Jučen"

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2016-09-09
20:44

Day 10: After the museum we have time for book shopping, and I bought this important addition to my Tangut library.

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2014-12-18
18:56

Rubbing of Liangzhou Stele Tangut inscription of 1094 in Devéria's 1898 "L'Écriture du Royaume de Si-Hia ou Tangout"

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2014-11-15
15:21

Received today, Kychanov's "Catalogue of Tangut Buddhist Monuments at the IOS of RAS" (1999) -- more on this soon!

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2014-09-17
19:03

Arrived today, the crucial 1969 edition of the "Sea of Characters" (Море письмен), a Tangut rime dictionary.

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2014-09-13
10:20

Arrived today, Kychanov's 1966 "Chinese Classics in Tangut Translation" (Китайская классика в тангутском переводе)

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2014-09-08
20:44

Also arrived today, Nevsky's monumental 1960 "Tangut Philology" (Н. А. Невский, Тангутская филология) ...

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2014-09-08
19:31

Arrived today, Sofronov's 1968 "Grammar of the Tangut Language" (М. В. Софронов, Грамматика тангутского языка).

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2014-07-09
19:22

Copies of my 1996 book 《三國演義版本考》 are still available for purchase directly from me babelstone.co.uk/Publications/B…

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2014-01-26
14:02

When I was in China last month I didn't buy any books, but I didn't need to as I got these Tangut & Yi books for free

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Collectables

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2020-03-31
14:14

I've just found this sheet of 60 Guangxi 1984 ration tickets for six feet of cloth ... you could make quite a few Mao suits with that!

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2020-03-31
12:57

A roll of Chinese 10 yuan commemorative coins for the year of the Gold Rat (2020)

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2019-04-29
19:08

From exactly 50 years ago, Chairman Mao and Lin Biao at the 1st Plenary Session of the 9th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, on a tin plaque with Tibetan inscription published by the Nationalities Press (Minzu chubanshe) ...

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2018-08-02
13:26

Japanese postcard to Mrs Phelps, i.e. Rose Janet née Hutchinson, wife of John Jay Phelps (1861–1848) of Red Towers Hackensack NJ, found in a second-hand book purchased from the #Yale Co-op in 1995.

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Personal

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2020-08-16
15:00

I like round numbers.

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2020-04-15
15:55

OK, what the world's been waiting for, here is my anime self via waifu.lofiu.com/index.html

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2019-10-01
09:16

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, here is a photo of me recently arrived in China circa October 1984, with 35th anniversary poster in the background (roommate photographer Adrian Bradshaw cropped out).

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2018-12-31
14:25

No New Year's resolutions; no predictions for 2019; no complaints about what I failed to achieve this year; just my highlights of 2018 in eight tweets:

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2018-10-26
19:11

It's only fair that I post Then and Now photos of myself, so here's an original Adrian Bradshaw photo of me at Chengde in 1985 wearing a hat decorated with a plastic lobster ...

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2018-10-26
00:01

This evening I attended the preview of my friend Adrian Bradshaw's exhibition of photographs from 1980s China at Oxford Brookes University brookes.ac.uk/public-art/gla…

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