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 31 to 45 of 140 results
  • si zheng san he nian ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/31
    Digital images of si zheng san he nian ji xiong ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng tan ju ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/32
    Digital images of san he si zheng tan ju ji xiong ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he nian xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/33
    Digital images of si zheng san he nian xiong ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he nian qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/34
    Digital images of san he nian qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • wuzi liushi nian ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/35
    Digital images of wuzi liushi nian ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng nian

    File Ref: EAP143/2/36
    Digital images of san he si zheng nian, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liu gong ershi si shan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/37
    Digital images of liu gong ershi si shan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he nian

    File Ref: EAP143/2/38
    Digital images of si zheng san he nian, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng nian

    File Ref: EAP143/2/39
    Digital images of san he si zheng nian, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liushi jiazi nian ji xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/40
    Digital images of liushi jiazi nian ji xiong ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he nian qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/41
    Digital images of san he nian qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • shi tiangan shier dizhi meng zhong ji yue ji xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/42
    Digital images of shi tiangan shier dizhi meng zhong ji yue ji xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liushi nian shi tiangan nian ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/43
    Digital images of liushi nian shi tiangan nian ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • fang gui fan gui yong nian yue ri shi fang

    File Ref: EAP143/2/44
    Digital images of fang gui fan gui yong nian yue ri shi fang. It is the category of "black books", which means witchcraft bringing harm to the others, or against harms brought by other's witchcraft. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng qi yuan da wang ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/45
    Digital images of san he si zheng qi yuan da wang ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...