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 121 to 135 of 140 results
  • shi gan nian ri fang xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/121
    Digital images of shi gan nian ri fang xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • jiawu guihai nian qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/122
    Digital images of jiawu guihai nian qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • jiazi guisi nian qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/123
    Digital images of jiazi guisi nian qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zi wu nian qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/124
    Digital images of zi wu nian qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng nian meng zhong ji yue ri fang ji

    File Ref: EAP143/2/125
    Digital images of si zheng nian meng zhong ji yue ri fang ji, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • jiazi wuchen qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/126
    Digital images of jiazi wuchen qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • yin yang ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/127
    Digital images of yin yang ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • si zheng san he nian xiong ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/128
    Digital images of si zheng san he nian xiong ri, a book on how to defend from threats from evils. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liushi nian ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/129
    Digital images of liushi nian ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he nian ri fang ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/130
    Digital images of san he nian ri fang ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • liushi nian qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/131
    Digital images of liushi nian qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng nian yue ri ji qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/132
    Digital images of san he si zheng nian yue ri ji qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • qi yuan ji ri

    File Ref: EAP143/2/133
    Digital images of qi yuan ji ri, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • shi gan nian si zheng san he nian yue ri fang shi xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/134
    Digital images of shi gan nian si zheng san he nian yue ri fang shi xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • san he si zheng nian yue ri fang shi xiong

    File Ref: EAP143/2/135
    Digital images of san he si zheng nian yue ri fang shi xiong, a book on burial practice. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...