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0668 Ancient Khotan : vol.1
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The a is almost identical with the Eg.-Ar. v, and identical with the form on a papyrus (sixth century) in the Bodleian.

The closed `t is the form found in inscriptions of the first to third centuries, and hardly distinguishable from t1, which does not occur. It is later than the form in the Nash papyrus.

The b is also later than that of the Nash papyrus.

The D, with its tail sometimes nearly straight, is very archaic, and approaches the forms used before final and initial letters were differentiated.

The Y is unusually large and clumsy. It is nearer to the form used in inscriptions (fourth to fifth century B. C.) r than to the later Y.

The p has a small head and is like the Eg.-Ar. form P or r, but its long tail is later.

Taking the character of the writing generally, there seems no reason to doubt, and much reason to believe, that it dates from about the eighth century. If it were on anything but paper it might be even a little earlier. It stands midway between the eleventh-century Persian deed and the remains of the third and fourth centuries.'


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