Pan Yushan Collection of Shui Manuscripts [estimated 19th to 20th century]

Digital images of 140 Shui manuscripts from the collection of Pan Yushan, a private collector in Duyun, Guizhou. The manuscripts in this collection are believed to have originated in Libo, Congjiang and Duyun in southern Guizhou.

The manuscripts are written in the Shui language and script, one of the few remaining hieroglyphics in the world. The manuscripts include Shui works of astrology, folklore, ethics, philosophy, history, art, geography and theology, religious practice and ritual.

It is a tradition that scribes do not identify themselves in Shui manuscripts, and therefore information concerning the creators of these manuscripts is mostly unknown. Similarly the exact dates of the majority of these manuscripts are unknown.

All traditional Shui manuscripts are written on cotton paper in black ink; illustrations are often written in red ink. Bamboo sticks and brushes are comonly used to create the manuscripts. Most manuscripts are bound with cotton thread, and a few have cloth covers. The paper, ink and covering cloth are made locally.

Showing 1 to 15 of 140 results
  • ren zi nian li shi nian ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/1
    Digital images of ren zi nian li shi nian ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/2
    Digital images of qi yuan ji ri, a collection of auspicious dates for all purposes. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he nian ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/3
    Digital images of si zheng san he nian ji xiong ri , a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • chun xia qiu dong qi yuan lan men shu

    File Ref: EAP143/2/4
    Digital images of chun xia qiu dong qi yuan lan men shu, a book on how to keep evils away from the door. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he nian lan mu ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/5
    Digital images of san he nian lan mu ji ri, a book on how to keep evils away from the door. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he nian chun xia qiu dong ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/6
    Digital images of san he nian chun xia qiu dong ji xiong ri , a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he nian qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/7
    Digital images of san he nian qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he nian qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/8
    Digital images of si zheng san he nian qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he qi yuan

    File Ref: EAP143/2/9
    Digital images of san he qi yuan, a book on how to defend from threats from evils. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liu shi nian ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/10
    Digital images of liu shi nian ji ri , a book on burial practice including releasing fish into ponds. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liu shi nian ji ri dang shu

    File Ref: EAP143/2/11
    Digital images of liu shi nian ji ri dang shu, a book on how to defend from threats from evils. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • qi yuan ji xiong ri fang

    File Ref: EAP143/2/12
    Digital images of qi yuan ji xiong ri fang, a collection of good and bad days for various purposes. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • wu zi nian yue tan ju ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/13
    Digital images of wu zi nian yue tan ju ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • kai shan ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/14
    Digital images of kai shan ji xiong ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • qi yuan ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/15
    Digital images of qi yuan ji xiong ri, a collection of good and bad days for various purposes. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...