Stones and Images

Pathways and Traces in Southern India

A survey of the Giripradaksina at Singavaram

Works describing a processional circuit around Mount Ranganatha Svamimalai have been found at Singavaram, near Senji (Gingi). Jean Deloche is attempting to define the exact route of the circuit while at the same time drawing up a list of all the edifices which bordered it (sanctuaries, kulams, etc.). The project will be the subject of an article expressly written for the BEFEO (Bulletin de l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient).

A Survey of Fortification Systems in Southern India

Following the publication of Senji (in both French and English) and of Studies in Fortification in India (2007), Jean Deloche proposes to further study a number of significant fortresses in Southern India, including Mudugal, Gandikota, Gutti, Bellary, Palghat and Chitradurga.

Sonnerat's Nouveau Voyage aux Indes Orientales (18thcentury)

Jean Deloche is also working with Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat (Member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres) on a manuscript by Pierre Sonnerat, the Nouveau Voyage aux Indes Orientales.

The Paintings of Tiruppudaimarutur

Jean Deloche plans to relaunch a project on the painting of the temple of Tiruppudaimarutur he initiated twenty years ago with Françoise L'Hernault and which was never completed. He already has in his possession a series of photographs of the site and the plans of the halls of the entry pavilion. Deloche is intent on resurrecting the project due to the fact that the paintings in the 16th century temple are unique: religious scenes stand alongside profane and historical tableaus "sub-titled" with Tamil captions. The passage of time and the region's heavy rains have done their worst; the paintings on the top floor are badly damaged. Restoration work urgently needs to be done before they disappear completely. A week long field mission is required so that all the images can be meticulously photographed and a map of the site drawn up. Follow up work on the project could be undertaken at the Pondicherry Centre. Deloche would like if possible to work with G. Vijayavenugopal and/or Martine Gestin on the inscriptions, and with Valérie Gillet on the religious iconography. Deloche, meanwhile, would study the profane scenes. EFEO's photo lab would also be involved. The services of the IFP's Department of Geomatics would be invaluable, as would technical assistance concerning the paintings.

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.