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 76 to 90 of 140 results
  • da wang liushi nian di tan ri shi fang ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/76
    Digital images of da wang liushi nian di tan ri shi fang ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi gai gui fang di ri xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/77
    Digital images of zheng qi gai gui fang di ri xiong. It is in the category of "black books", which means witchcraft bringing harm to others, or against harm brought by other's witchcraft. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he nian ri shi xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/78
    Digital images of san he nian ri shi xiong, a book on how to defend from threats from evils. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng nian meng zhong ji yue ri shi fang ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/79
    Digital images of san he si zheng nian meng zhong ji yue ri shi fang ji, a book on how to defend from threats from evils. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi ji ri shi xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/80
    Digital images of zheng qi ji ri shi xiong, a book on predicting misfortunes. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • nian wu xing tan ju jiu xing ri ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/81
    Digital images of nian wu xing tan ju jiu xing ri ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • gu di nian wu xing tan ju jiu xing ri ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/82
    Digital images of gu di nian wu xing tan ju jiu xing ri ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • gu di yue si zheng nian ri shi ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/83
    Digital images of gu di yue si zheng nian ri shi ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • shi gan nian san he nian ri shi fang ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/84
    Digital images of shi gan nian san he nian ri shi fang ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he nian si zheng yue ri shi xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/85
    Digital images of san he nian si zheng yue ri shi xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • jia qu ji xiong ri shi

    File Ref: EAP143/2/86
    Digital images of jia qu ji xiong ri shi, a book on marriage. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liushi nian gu di ri ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/87
    Digital images of liushi nian gu di ri ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he nian meng zhong ji yue ri shi ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/88
    Digital images of si zheng san he nian meng zhong ji yue ri shi ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he nian meng zhong ji yue ri shi fang ji xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/89
    Digital images of san he nian meng zhong ji yue ri shi fang ji xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • yong gui ji xiong ri shi

    File Ref: EAP143/2/90
    Digital images of yong gui ji xiong ri shi, a book on how to use demons. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...