20. China

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There are altogether 258 items in the Schøyen Collection that originate in China. In addition to the 11 manuscripts listed here, 145 items out of 150 in collection 21. Pre-Gutenberg printing, are also from China.

ORACLE BONE | MS 2103

MS in Chinese on oxen scapula bone, Xiaotun, China, 14th-12th c. BC, 1 bone, 13x7 cm, (11x4 cm), 4+2 lines in Chinese script, prepared and cracked with burned marks on reverse.

DOCUMENT ADDRESSED TO THE MONK, SRONASENA | MS 4579/2

MS in Gandhari language (Kroraina prakrit) on wood, Niya, Sinkiang, China, ca. 315, 1 rectangular double tablet (kilamudra), 10x27x2 cm, (10x18 cm), 7 long lines and 3+1+1 lines in Karosthi documentary script.

SUTRA ON THE BUDDHA'S LIBERATION | MS 2152

MS in Chinese on undyed paper, Sinkiang, China, ca. 625-650, 1 scroll of 5 sheets (complete), 25x258 cm, 161 columns, each column: (20,0x1,5 cm), 16-18 characters in a neat kaishu calligraphy of Chinese book script by the workshop of the Tang imperial MSS.

MAHAPRAJNAPARAMITA UPADESA | MS 2169

MS in Chinese on blue coloured paper, China, 620-756, 1 f. from a scroll, 23x32 cm, 16 columns, (19x32 cm), of 15 characters per column in Chinese book script in gold, on paper died blue and ruled in silver. 

SUTRA OF THE EXTREME GOLDEN RADIANCE | MS 2414

MS in Chinese on paper, Dunhuang, Xinjiang (Sinkiang), China, 9th-early 10th c., 1 scroll of 5 sheets (complete), 27x232 cm, 28 columns, 17 (prose) and 14 or 20 (verse) characters in Chinese book script, 2 seals stamped 8 times. 

SUTRA ON THE NAMES OF THE BUDDHA | MS 2153

MS in Chinese on paper, Sinkiang, China, ca. 920, 1 scroll of 33 sheets (complete), 32x1511 cm, 627 columns, (each sheet: 19 columns, up to 26,7x2,4 cm), 6-7 or 17-21 characters per column, in a large strong kaishu calligraphy of Chinese book script, 11 miniatures of seated Buddhas, ca. 3,5 cm high, in colours. 

SUTRA OF PERFECT ENLIGHTENMENT | MS 2457/1

MS in Chinese on dark blue paper, China, late 14th c., 174 ff. (complete), 32x11 cm, 5 columns 25x10 cm), 17 characters in Chinese book script in gold ink.

COMPANION VOLUME TO SUTRA OF PERFECT ENLIGHTENMENT | MS 2457/2

MS in Chinese on indigo stained paper, China, 15th and 16th c., 158 ff. (complete), 32x11 cm, 5 columns (21x10 cm), 15 characters in Chinese book script in gold ink.