A catalogue of South Asian Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries


MS Sansk. e. 23 (P)

Sanskrit, miscellaneous


Summary of Contents: The so-called Weber manuscript consists of fragments containing eight different works (an astronomical text, various Buddhist works, a hymn in honour of Pārvatī, a vocabulary, a medical text) and some unidentified texts. They are written in early Gupta and Brāhmī script and paleographically date between the fifth and seventh centuries. They are one of the earliest specimens of Sanskrit manuscripts written on paper. The fragments were recovered from a stūpa or vihāra near Kucha in modern-day China and then came into the hands of the Moravian missionary Weber, F.F. Weber, then residing at Leh in Ladakh, who sold them to Hoernle, August Friedrich RudolfA.F.R. Hoernle.
Unknown , Weber Manuscript
Language(s): Sanskrit.

Physical Description

Form: pothī
Support: Paper.
Extent: 41 ff.


Incomplete, damaged with loss of text.


Gupta in black ink.


Origin: 5th-7th century. Kucha.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought by Hoernle, August Friedrich Rudolf A.F.R. Hoernle from the Moravian missionary Weber, F.F. Weber in May 1902.


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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation