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 16 to 30 of 140 results
  • wuzi liushi nian ri shi ji xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/16
    Digital images of wuzi liushi nian ri shi ji xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • wuzi nian jin mu shui huo tu nian qi yuan ji xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/17
    Digital images of wuzi nian jin mu shui huo tu nian qi yuan ji xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • jiasi nian qi yuan ji xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/18
    Digital images of jiasi nian qi yuan ji xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • qi yuan ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/19
    Digital images of qi yuan ji xiong ri, a collection of good and bad days for various purposes. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • xiong xing ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/20
    Digital images of xiong xing ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng si qishi yue zheng wu jiu yue ri shi ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/21
    Digital images of zheng si qishi yue zheng wu jiu yue ri shi ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • qi yuan ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/22
    Digital images of qi yuan ji xiong ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • da xiao huo jin shui ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/23
    Digital images of da xiao huo jin shui ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng nian

    File Ref: EAP143/2/24
    Digital images of si zheng nian , a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • shi gan nian ji xiong ri shi

    File Ref: EAP143/2/25
    Digital images of shi gan nian ji xiong ri shi, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng dui chong nian

    File Ref: EAP143/2/26
    Digital images of si zheng dui chong nian , a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng nian ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/27
    Digital images of san he si zheng nian ji xiong ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng nian ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/28
    Digital images of san he si zheng nian ji xiong ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • wu zi nian tan ju ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/29
    Digital images of wu zi nian tan ju ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liu gong ji ri shi xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/30
    Digital images of liu gong ji ri shi xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...