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0467 Ancient Khotan : vol.1
Ancient Khotan : vol.1 / Page 467 (Color Image)

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N. iv.

N. iv. 55. Rectang. under-tablet. Obv. 711. very cursive Khar. ; fairly legible. Rev. blank. Marks of knife scorings. 6*" x zk". Soft ; much discoloured.

N. iv. 55. b. Oblong tablet; obtuse pointed. Hole near point. Blank. 5â" x I. Well-preserved.

N. iv. 56. Stick-like tablet. Pointed with hole at one

end.   Obv. 3 11. Khar., very cursive ; partly deleted.
Rev. 2 11. do. 9r x I r x }4". Hard. Well-preserved.

N. iv. 57. Oblong tablet. Sharp pointed by concave cuts; hole at point. Obv. 4 11. Khar., very cursive, faint and fragmentary. Rev. blank. z 43" x zg". Well-preserved.

N. iv. 58. Rectang. under-tablet (belongs to N. iv. 141). Obv. 611. Khar., very cursive ; clear. Rev. blank. 6" x z$". Very discoloured.

N. iv. 59. Oblong tablet. Round-pointed end; hole (broken). Obv. 4 11. Khar., very cursive, faint, in parts deleted. Rev. blank. 8A" x zr. Very soft ; discoloured.

N. iv. 6o. Oblong tablet. Hole in centre of one long

edge.   Obv. 4 11. Khar., cursive, faded, but mostly
decipherable. Rev. blank. 6r x I". Well-preserved.

N. iv. 80. Double-wedge tablet, complete. Cov.-tablet. Obv. Seal cay. r f i" from sq. end. Seal I" x Ir. The device appears to be, in usual oval or vesica shape, surrounded by deep moulding, a slim, nude figure to R. p., probably an Eros, but much deleted. Outside vesica moulding, four spandril-shape corners, slightly impressed, and evidently forming part of the setting of the matrix seal. A few Khar. characters at sq. end, and a few on opposite side of seal cay. Usual formula at hole. All tolerably clear. Rev. 3 11. Khar., very cursive ; clear in places.

Under-tablet. Obv. 4 11. Khar., very cursive. Very clear in places. Rev. r I. Khar. Wood well-preserved, but very dark inside, and generally sand-encrusted. 8â" x z" x A" (cov: tab.), ice" (under-tab.).

N. iv. 8x. Wedge-shaped tablet. Hole near point. Obv. 3 11. Khar., cursive and clear. Rev. 2 11. Khar., cursive, faint, but decipherable. 9r" x z". Well-preserved ; very sensitive to damp.

N. iv. 82. Rectang. under-tablet. Obv. 5 11. Khar., very cursive, faint, and part deleted. Stains of Sindüra (?). Rev. blank ; stained. g$" x 3A". Warped and split by damp and exposure.

N. iv. 83. Rectang. cov.-tablet. Seal cay. Imo" sq. Obv. Traces of 3 11. Khar. transversely at L. p. edge. Rev. 11. Khar., clear but cursive. 6$" x 3r. Wood fairly hard. Slightly warped, split, and broken at ends; sand-encrusted.

N. iv. 84. Rectang. under-tablet, broken, part missing. Obv. 511. Khar., faded, very cursive. Rev. blank. I r" x 4". Surface much injured by exposure.

N. iv. 99. Stick-like tablet. Roughly pointed at one end ; broken. Obv. (flat). Khar. (?) characters ; irregular


(cf. N. xviii. 3). Rev. (round). Encrusted with sand. Traces of characters. z 71" x Ij". Much perished and


N. iv. Ioo IoI. Rectang. double tablet.

Obv. Seal cay. I*" sq. ; frags. of string remaining and pieces of seal clay. r 1. Khar. at one end. Rev. 3 II. Khar. Sand adhering. 61." x 2 " x 4".

Under-tablet. Obv. 6 11. Khar., cursive, very indistinct in places. Rev. blank. 8A" 24" x i". Broken at lower L. corner. Split at R. end and along long edges. Wood very dry and soft.

N. iv. log. Stick-like tablet, cut to obtuse point at one end. Obv. 7 columns, 2 11. each, Khar., cursive, clear. Rev. 7 columns, Ist, 4 11., znd, 5th, and 6th, 3 11. each, 3rd, 4th, and 7th, 2 11. each. Khar., cursive. 258"x z", dim. to I$". Fairly preserved, rather soft, warped and slightly encrusted with sand. See Pl. CII.

N. iv. 104. Oblong tablet. Hole at small end near edge. Obv. 5 11. Khar., cursive, boldly written and clear. 1st 1. interrupted by 2 intervals. Rev. 2 11. Khar. ; similar writing to Obv. ; ist 1. in two portions. I xi" X 5A", dim. to xi". Well-preserved.

N. iv. 105. a, b. Wedge under-tablet, in z pieces. Hole near point. Obv. 4 11. Khar., very cursive, clear, and complete, with initial form. Rev. r 1. from sq. end. I z" x z ". Well-preserved ; slightly bored by insects.

N. iv. Io6. Rectang. under-tablet. Obv. 7 11. Khar., very coarse and cursive. Rev. blank. 91" x 3 ". Wood fairly hard. Much stained and encrusted with sand.

N. iv. Io7. Wedge under-tablet. Hole near point. Obv. 311. Khar., finely written but part deleted. Rev. blank. 8r" x IA". Wood well-preserved, but stained and sand-encrusted.

N. iv. xo8. a, b. Double-wedge tablet, complete. Hole

near point. Cov: tablet. Obv. Seal cay., I$" from sq. end,

contains remains of clay and string. Between sq. end and

Rev. 11. boldly written Khar.,




Cov: tablet.

cay. 11. Khar., very faint. very black in parts.

Under-tablet. Obv. 5 11. very cursive Khar., clear and black, with initial form. Rev. 11. from sq. end. 9" x 2r x ". Well-preserved.

iv. 109. Wedge cov: tablet (belongs to N. iv. III). Hole near point. Obv. Seal cay. Ii" from sq. end. On both sides of cay., 11. Khar., very fine and cursive. Usual char. at hole. Rev. blank. Stained with Sindüra. r 4-" x zip" x i8". Well-preserved, but stained and sand-encrusted.

iv. no. Rectang. under-tablet (belongs to N. iv. 140); 3 notches in centre of each long side, for string. Obv. 6 11. Khar., very coarse and cursive. Rev. blank. 61"• x z x â". Well-preserved.

iv. III. Wedge under-tablet (belongs to N. iv. Io9). Hole near point. Obv. 2 11. Khar., finely and carefully