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0464 Ancient Khotan : vol.1
Ancient Khotan : vol.1 / Page 464 (Color Image)

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N. i   To R. again 2 11. and portions of further char. Fairly

clear. 5" x 2k" x i". Wood fairly hard. Broken and stained.

N. z. io3. Wedge cov.-tablet. Obv. ii" from sq. end, seal cay. in which string crossed. x 1. Khar. to R. of cay. Usual char. at hole. Rev. z 1. Khar., very cursive, faded towards sq. end. 94" x 1i" x $". Wood well-preserved, warped. See Pl. IC.

N. i. 104. Wedge under-tablet (belongs to N. i. 16). Obv. 3 11. Khar., cursive, coarse ; initial form. Rev. z 1. 9" x 2". Wood well-preserved.

N. i. 105. Double wedge tablet, complete document. Cov.-tablet. Obv. Ii" from sq. end, seal cay. in which string remains. To R. and L. of seal cay. z 1. Khar., faint. Usual char. at hole.

Under-tablet. Rev. ï 1. from sq. end. String remains bound round. 81." x 2g" x i". Well-preserved.

N. i. 106. a, b. Wedge under-tablet, in 3 fragments. Obv. 4 11. Khar., cursive but very clear and black ; initial form. Portion missing at broken part. Rev. 2 11. from sq. end. z z" x 2" (approx.). Well-preserved. Break not due to decay.

N. i. 107. Wedge under-tablet (belongs to N. i. z 5). Obv. 4 11. Khar., thin, black, very clear, but cursive ; initial form. Rev. z 1. from sq. end. 81"x I". Well-preserved but much stained.

N. i. 108. Wedge cov.-tablet. Obv. zr from sq. end, seal cay. with remains of seal. Design of seal oval, but no detail distinguishable. Between sq. end and seal, x 1. Khar. very faint. Usual char. at hole. Rev. z 1. fairly distinct. 9" x 2" x". Wood well-preserved.

N. i. 11o. Wedge under-tablet. Obv. 4 11. Khar.; initial form. Writing coarse, blotted, and a good deal faded. Rev. I 1. from sq. end. z 4â" x 2h-". Discoloured and very susceptible to damp.

N. i. 112. Oblong tablet. Hole at R. p. end. Obv. 2 11. Khar., very faded and partially obliterated ; initial form. Rev. Nothing visible. I 1" x II" x ". Very soft and stained.

N. i. 113. Oblong fragment. OLv. To L. p. 3 11. Khar., rather coarse and very cursive. To R. p. 4 11. Khar., fine and well written. Rev. blank. 6" x ,r. ". Much perished ; very soft and surface seamed with open cracks.

N. i. 114. Rectangular fragment ; appears to be portion of under-tab. with thick end roughly bevelled to general surface, and hole bored subsequently. Obv. 5 11. Khar., fine, black ; all fragmentary with repetition of wording. Hole at top R. p. Rev. 2 11. Khar. (fragmentary). 3a" x 2r". Very thin. Wood hard.

N. i. 120. Wedge under-tablet (belongs to N. i. 59). Obv. 3 11. Khar., faint and cursive ; initial form. Rev. Few characters from sq. end. 'or x 2i". Wood well-preserved, but susceptible to damp.

N. i;. 121. Carved wood. Probably a rail or baluster. At one end a tenon, flush with back surface. Front elevation : centre portion, concave at each side, narrowest part being g" and broadest (above and below) xi" ; length 3$' ; grooved by parallel curved lines on front, as ornament. Above centre 2 inverted truncated pyramids one above the other. Below, similar arrangement, reversed. Length 8g", thickness g". See Pl. LXX.

N. i. 122. Double-wedge tablet, complete document. String in hole near point. Cov: tablet. Obv. Seal cay. Ii" from sq. end ; portion of clay adhering to string in cay. z 1. Khar. to R. and L. of cay. No char. visible near hole. Rev. 3 11. Khar., very clear, but scratchily written and very cursive.

Under-tablet.   Obv. 4 11. Khar., with initial form.,

generally clear, but here and there blotted and deleted. Rev. Transversely at sq. end three characters cut into the wood. zoo" x 2" x A". Excellently preserved. Wood very hard. See Pl. XCVIII.

N. i. 180. Wedge under-tablet (belongs to N. i. 24), part from hole to point broken off. Obv. 4 11. Khar., bold and fairly well written ; initial form. Rev. bleached; cracked and peeled by damp at point end. 13i" x 2 ". Wood soft.

N. ii. 1. Rectang. under-tablet. Obv. 4 11. Khar., well written ; much deleted in parts by exposure to damp and sun. Rev. 9k" x 2r. Curled and peeled by exposure. See Pl. CI V.

N. ii. 2. Double-wedge tablet, complete. Cov: tablet. 06v. 2â" from sq. end, seal cay. z 1. Khar. on either side of cay. Usual char. near hole. Seal intact (see Pl. LXXI). In upright elliptical cavity a standing nude male figure to R. p. ; appears from its muscular development to be intended for Herakles, but may be an Eros. On fiat surface surrounding seal, probably setting, are traces of few inscribed characters (Khar. ?). This tablet is superficially broken near point. Rev. z 1. Khar.

Under-tablet. Obv. 3 11. Khar., with usual form. Few char. near sq. end. 9r x 2i", thickness of cov.-tablet H". String intact excepting at hole, so that tablets can be slid apart.

N. ii. 3. Wedge cov.-tablet (belongs to N. i. 45). Obv. 1â" from sq. end, seal cay. 1 I. Khar. to R. and L. of cay. Usual char. near hole. String in grooves. Writing coarse. Rev. 4 Il. Khar., coarse, legible generally ; very cursive. 14r x 2" x I". Perfectly preserved, but stained dark on rev.

N. iii. I. Takhti.shaped tablet. Pear-shaped handle, pierced, broken. Obv. (handle in L. hand) 4 columns Khar., very cursive. Ink very black. Rev. (handle in

L. hand) 4 columns Khar., much deleted.   12" X 2r.
Much damaged by exposure, and encrusted by sand.