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 61 to 75 of 140 results
  • san he nian xiong ri fang

    File Ref: EAP143/2/61
    Digital images of san he nian xiong ri fang, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • shi gan nian san he nian liushi nian tan ju ri fang

    File Ref: EAP143/2/62
    Digital images of shi gan nian san he nian liushi nian tan ju ri fang, a book on how to defend from threats from evils. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi ri ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/63
    Digital images of zheng qi ri ji, a textbook for junior Shui master. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he nian meng zhong ji yue xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/64
    Digital images of si zheng san he nian meng zhong ji yue xiong ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liushi nian yuan su yong ri shi ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/65
    Digital images of liushi nian yuan su yong ri shi ji, a book on how to keep evils away from the door. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • fang gui fan gui gai gui ri shi fang

    File Ref: EAP143/2/66
    Digital images of fang gui fan gui gai gui ri shi fang. It is in the category of "black books", which means witchcrafts bringing harm to the others, or against harm brought by other's witchcraft. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • meng zhong ji yue ri shi ji xiong shi

    File Ref: EAP143/2/67
    Digital images of meng zhong ji yue ri shi ji xiong shi, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • jin mu shui huo tu nian shi gan nian san he nian ri shi fang ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/68
    Digital images of jin mu shui huo tu nian shi gan nian san he nian ri shi fang ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • yong gui xiong ri shi fang

    File Ref: EAP143/2/69
    Digital images of yong gui xiong ri shi fang. It is in the category of "black books", which means witchcraft bringing harm to the others, or against harm brought by other's witchcraft. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • tan ju liushi nian ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/70
    Digital images of tan ju liushi nian ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liu nian shi gan nian yin yang gan liu

    File Ref: EAP143/2/71
    Digital images of liu nian shi gan nian yin yang gan liu, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng nian meng zhong ji yue ji xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/72
    Digital images of san he si zheng nian meng zhong ji yue ji xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • wu zi liushi nian gu di tan ju ri ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/73
    Digital images of wu zi liushi nian gu di tan ju ri ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng ri shi fang xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/74
    Digital images of san he si zheng ri shi fang xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he gu di ri shi fang ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/75
    Digital images of si zheng san he gu di ri shi fang ji, a book on how to defend from threats from evils. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...