Internet Guide for Chinese Studies Newsletter
06 Jun 2004, entry by Hanno E. Lecher

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Selections from the Naxi Manuscript Collection

Ed./Corp.: Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA.
Language: English.

Self description: Selections from the Naxi Manuscript Collection features
ceremonial writings of the Naxi people of Yunnan Province, China. The
Library of Congress's Naxi collection is the largest outside of China
[containing 3,342 manuscripts - HL] and is considered one of the finest in
the world. The Naxi use a unique pictographic writing system that is similar
to the ancient Egyptian and Mayan writing systems. It is the only living
pictographic language in the world today. This online presentation features
185 manuscripts, a 39 -foot funerary scroll and an annotated catalog of the
entire collection.

Description: The items carry bibliographic description and are presented as
thumbnail, low resolution JPEG, high resolution JPEG and high quality TIFF.
Information about how to view the TIFF files on various platforms is

Contents: (1) Search by keyword; (2) Browse by titles; (3) Browse by
subjects; (4) Annotated Catalog of Naxi Pictographic Manuscripts; (5) Joseph
Rock [1884-1962, an Austrian-born naturalized American explorer who acquired
most of the manuscripts during the 1920ies and 30ies]; (6) Quentin Roosevelt
II [contributed another large part of the collection]; (7) About the
collection; (8) Selected bibliography; (9) How to view; (10) Building the
digital collection; (11) Copyright and other restrictions; (12)

Archived version: As of 06 Jun 2004, this site was not (yet) available at
the Digital Archive for Chinese Studies
( or the Internet Archive

Resource suggested by Laura Gottesman through DIGLIB mailinglist


With kind regards,

Hanno E. Lecher



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