The paper focuses on a unique Tangut manuscript (Tang. 46 inv. No. 156(2006),
old inv. No. 5217) kept in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of
Sciences. In previous studies, it has been taken to be a constructional diagram of musical
instrument. The writer concludes that the manuscript is the design for a pao 砲 (stone
launcher, trebuchet, sling).
On March 20, 2019, at the Far Eastern Studies Seminar organized by the Department of Far Eastern Studies of the IOM RAS, R.N. Krapivina will submit her presentation Along theBuddhist Shrines of Nepal (2018): Places and People