Shi Wenhan Collection of Shui Manuscripts [20th century]

Digital images of 18 Shui manuscripts from the collection of Shi Wenhan, inherited from his father. The collection consists of manuscripts about burial practice, identifying auspucious dates, and bridge building. The collection consists of manuscripts for identifying auspicious dates. 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.

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.

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 1 to 15 of 18 results
  • sang zang ze ji shu [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/1
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on burial practice. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • gao xiang ying wen [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/2
    Digital images of gao xiang ying wen, a book on burial practice. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • tan bai ba [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/3
    Digital images of tan bai ba, a book on burial practice. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • tan mu [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/4
    Digital images of tan mu, a book on burial practice. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • di yi jia zi [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/5
    Digital images of di yi jia zi, a book on burial practice. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • ji kan niu [1980s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/6
    Digital images of ji kan niu, a book on burial practice. Date: 1980s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • chun xia qiu dong [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/7
    Digital images of chun xia qiu dong, a book on choosing dates. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [1970s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/8
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: 1970s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • chen jia nian tan [1970s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/9
    Digital images of chen jia nian tan, a book on choosing dates. Date: 1970s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/10
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • shu wu [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/11
    Digital images of shu wu, a Shui translation of a Chinese book. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/12
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/13
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • di shier shang tan [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/14
    Digital images of di shier shang tan, a book on choosing dates. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/9/15
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...