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 91 to 105 of 140 results
  • si zheng nian meng zhong ji yue ri ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/91
    Digital images of si zheng nian meng zhong ji yue ri ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng qi yuan ri shi fang xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/92
    Digital images of san he si zheng qi yuan ri shi fang xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • shi gan nian san he si zheng nian ji xiong ri shi fang

    File Ref: EAP143/2/93
    Digital images of shi gan nian san he si zheng nian ji xiong ri shi fang, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he nian yue di ri shi ji xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/94
    Digital images of si zheng san he nian yue di ri shi ji xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he nian yue ri di xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/95
    Digital images of san he nian yue ri di xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • xiong xing ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/96
    Digital images of xiong xing ji, a book on how to avoid "bad days" in constructing new houses. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • xiong xing ji ri ji xing yong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/97
    Digital images of xiong xing ji ri ji xing yong ri, a book on building houses. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liu gong ji xiong ri shi

    File Ref: EAP143/2/98
    Digital images of liu gong ji xiong ri shi, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng nian yue ji ri shi

    File Ref: EAP143/2/99
    Digital images of san he si zheng nian yue ji ri shi, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • dang men zuo qiao

    File Ref: EAP143/2/100
    Digital images of dang men zuo qiao, a book on how to defend from threats from evils. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zuo cang jiao you tao zhang he he

    File Ref: EAP143/2/101
    Digital images of zuo cang jiao you tao zhang he he, a book containing miscellaneous materials. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng wu jiu yue

    File Ref: EAP143/2/102
    Digital images of zheng wu jiu yue, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng nian gu di ri shi ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/103
    Digital images of san he si zheng nian gu di ri shi ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he nian meng zhong ji yue ji ri shi

    File Ref: EAP143/2/104
    Digital images of si zheng san he nian meng zhong ji yue ji ri shi, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he shi gan nian di ri fang shi ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/105
    Digital images of si zheng san he shi gan nian di ri fang shi ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...