Stones and Images

Sanskrit and Tamil epigraphy

Tamil Epigraphy: The Inscriptions of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

The published texts have been compiled and are currently being digitalised.
G. Vijayavenugopal is organising fieldwork expeditions with a view to checking the versions published in 2004. Where inscriptions cannot be found on site, the published versions are compared to the embossings in the archives of the Anthropological Survey of India (ASI) at Mysore. This project is ongoing. The final draft of the Karnataka Tamil inscriptions will be definitively completed in December 2009. A section of the corpus could then be published online in the same way as the epigraphic corpus of the temple at Puncai.

Corpus of Khmer Inscriptions (CKI)

Working in tandem with Gerdi Gerschheimer (EPHE), Dominic Goodall hopes to be able to continue to hold biannual conferences on Sanskrit inscriptions in Cambodia at the École Pratique des Hautes Études' 5th Section. Articles on a number of the inscriptions will be published following the conferences. Charlotte Schmid intends to contribute to the seminars with a view to establishing links between epigraphy and iconography (the appearance of iconography specific to Cambodia, the problematic nature of Pallava heritage in Southeast Asia, etc.).

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Epigraphy Photo Library

The central importance of epigraphy in a large number of projects has given rise to the idea of an epigraphic photo library which would provide scholars with direct access to text as it appears on the stone into which it was originally carved. Unpublished inscriptions would thus be accessible to researchers and the many errors deriving from erroneous readings of inscriptions in already published works could be recognised and avoided.

The epigraphic photo library has not yet been set up, but the organizational foundations will be laid and the research teams established in early 2008 under the direction of Valérie Gillet at the EFEO Centre in Pondicherry. As in the case of the previous photo library, it is planned to make the collections accessible online. It will be necessary to organize new field missions to collect inscriptions. G. Vijayavenugopal will play a fundamental role in establishing the epigraphic photo library (identifying and reading inscriptions). Either R. Sathyanarayanan or Nibedita Rout may be responsible for technical aspects of the project as well as for classification work on the corpus.

EFEO News
12th DocAsie Day
Paris, France, 20 June 2018
The next DocAsie meetings will take place from June 20th to 22nd in Paris, at the Maison de l'Asie and at the Campus Condorcet (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord). For these 12th Days, the focus will be on the treatment of sound funds as well as the presentation of precious and / or specialized funds.
The provisional program is available HERE.
Registrations are closed.

(Manuscrit rituel bouddhique MS.SL.59 dit « collection de mudrās », Népal, XIXe siècle, collection Sylvain Lévi, Institut d'études indiennes du Collège de France)
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 18 June 2018
Monday 18th June Arlo Griffiths (EFEO) speaks on Histoire sociale des brahmanes en Inde et les modes de transmission du corpus védique.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
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Talk by Franciscus Verellen sur ''La stèle du Chenal de la puissance céleste et la naissance de la poudre noire en Chine''
Paris, France, 08 June 2018
Friday, June 8, Franciscus Verellen speaks on La stèle du Chenal de la puissance céleste et la naissance de la poudre noire en Chine at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. On this occasion, he presents the latest epigraphic discoveries collected on the Chinese coast of the Gulf of Tonkin (Guangxi) during a field mission in May 2018 on the remains of the channel dug by Gao Pian in 868, opening a supply route and trade between the Annam Protectorate and mainland China.
At 3.30 pm, public sitting in the Grande salle des séances, Institut de France, 23, Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris.