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Zorin A. On a “Golden” Khara-Khoto Manuscript Preserved in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS // Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, No. 56, 2020. P. 161—169.


It is well-known that the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, possesses a collection of Tibetan texts brought by Pyotr Kozlov from the dead city of Khara-Khoto (presently, Inner Mongolia, PRC). Its contents, however, still remain largely unknown for the academia due to the lack of its catalogue. While such a catalogue is being prepared by A. A. Sizova, A. A. Turanskaya and myself, some texts of the collection can be already presented. In this paper I would like to introduce a manuscript on blue paper with golden writings — the only sample of such a kind of texts among those found by Kozlov in Khara-Khoto. It was rediscovered among the Tangut texts by K. M. Bogdanov, the curator of the Tangut collection kept at the IOM RAS, in 2017. Having been passed to the collection of Tibetan texts from Khara-Khoto, it received an access number XT-180.The manuscript was almost immediately demonstrated to the wide audience at the exhibition Brush and Qalam dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Asiatic Museum held at the State Hermitage (November 2018 to March 2019). Its brief description and fragmentary facsimile edition was included in the catalogue of the exhibition (Zorin 2018, 236).1 However, this manuscript deserves a fuller presentation since it has some significance in regard of both its form as a book and the text it contains...

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