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Rubbings and Paper Casts Collection (Kern Institute)

 Collection
Identifier: ubl123

Scope and Contents

The collection rubbings and paper casts consists of five sub-collections which are given a letter and a following number.

Collection D:

Rubbings of Old Javanese stone inscriptions held in the National Museum in Jakarta (former collection of the Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen).

Collection E:

Rubbings of Old Javanese copperplate inscriptions found in Central and East Java. These inscriptions mainly record eulogies and land grants. Their dates range from the 9th until the 15th century.

Collection F:

Rubbings (classmark F 1a, b) of one copperplate inscription from East Java held at the British Museum in London and (classmark F 2) one inscription of Candi Sewu, Central Java.

Collection K:

Rubbings of Old Javanese stone inscriptions found in various places in Central en East Java. The original inscriptions were held at various places when the rubbings were made by the Oudheidkundige Dienst van Nederlandsch-Indië.



Collection N:

Paper casts of Prakrit inscriptions in stone from the Buddhist site of Nagarjunikonda (N: 7-11, 15).

Rubbings of inscriptions from various places were also listed under the letter N: Java (N: 1-4), India (N: 5, 6, 13, 14, 16,17).

Dates

  • 1880-1928

Creator

Language of Materials

Old Javanese, Sanskrit, Prakrit

Conditions Governing Use

Regulations that apply during the use of these materials can be found on the website of Leiden University Library.

Extent

249 items

Abstract

Collectie van afwrijfsels en abklatschen van Oudjavaanse en Zuid-Indiase inscripties in steen en koperplaten, respectievelijk afkomstig van de Oudheidkundige Dienst van Nederlandsch-Indië en de Archaeological Survey of India.

Abstract

Collection of rubbings and paper casts of ancient Javanese and southern Indian stone and copperplate inscriptions, respectively collected from the Oudheidkundige Dienst van Nederlandsch-Indië and the Archaeological Survey of India.

Physical Location

Leiden University Library, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

Collection E: see the inventory.

Lists of the items in the other collections are available in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Custodial History

The rubbings and paper casts of the Javanese inscriptions were sent to the Kern Institute by the Oudheidkundige Dienst van Nederlandsch-Indië.Collection E: Rubbings of Javanese copperplate inscriptions. The copperplates with inscriptions in Old Javanese were excavated in Central and East Java on behalf of the Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen (Batavian Society of Arts and Sciences), from the middle of the 19th century onward. The oldest rubbings of this collection were made during the 1880s. In some cases the original copperplates have been lost.Collection N: Paper casts of southern Indian stone inscriptions, and also of Old Javanese inscriptions. In 1926-1928, excavations at the hill of Nagarjunikonda (Andhra Pradesh), and its vicinity, conducted under the auspices of the Archaeological Survey of India exposed the remains of stupas and marble pillars. Three of these pillars bear inscriptions in the Prakrit language. J.Ph. Vogel, who held the chair of Sanskrit at Leiden University and was one of the two founders of the Kern Institute in 1924, was requested by Hirananda Sastri, Government epigraphist and editor of the Epigraphia Indica, to edit the inscriptions. A set of paper casts of the inscriptions was subsequently shipped to the address of professor Vogel at the Kern Institute in Leiden.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collections of the Kern Institute were presented to the University Library Leiden, section Special Collections, on April 27, 2010, as a result of the process of centralization within the Leiden University Libraries.

Accruals

No future additions are to be expected.

Related Materials

Or. 8319: Paper casts (abklatschen) of inscriptions on islamic tombstones of the rulers of the former sultanates of Pasai and Aceh (North Sumatra).

Bibliography

  • Boechari, M., Prasasti koleksi Museum Nasional, Jakarta 1986.
  • Brandes, J.L.A. en N.J. Krom, Oud-Javaansche oorkonden: nagelaten transcripties van wijlen J.L.A. Brandes, uitgegeven door N.J. Krom, in: Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen, Vol. 60, I & II, 1913.
  • Cohen Stuart, A.B., Kawi oorkonden in facsimile, met inleiding en transcriptie, Leiden 1975
  • Damais, L-Ch., Études d’épigraphie Indonésienne III: liste des principales inscriptions datées de l’Indonésie, in: Bulletin de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient, Vol 46.1 (1952), pp. 1-106.
  • Damais, L-Ch., Études d’épigraphie indonésienne IV: discussion de la date des inscriptions, in: Bulletin de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient, Vol 47.1 (1955), pp. 7-290.
  • Groeneveldt, W.P., Catalogus der archeologische verzameling van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen […], met aantekeningen omtrent de op verschillende voorwerpen voorkomende inscripties en een voorlopige inventaris der beschreven steenen door J.L.A. Brandes, Batavia 1887.
  • Longhurst, A.H., The Buddhist antiquities of Nagarjunakonda, Madras Presidency, Delhi 1938 [Memoirs of the Archaeological survey of India; 54].
  • Nakada, K., An Inventory of the Dated Inscriptions in Java, Tokyo 1982 [Memoirs of the Research Department of the Tokyo Bunko (Oriental Library); 40].
  • Notulen van de Algemeene en Bestuursvergaderingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen, 1882 (p. 17, p. 63), 1890; 1910 (p. 57, p.77), 1911 (Bijlage II).
  • Stone, E.R., The Buddhist art of Nagarjunakonda, Delhi 1994 [Buddhist Tradition Series: 25].
  • Vogel, J.Ph. en H.T. Damsté, Kern Institute – Leyden : biennial report 1927-1929, Leiden 1929, p. 6.
  • Rapporten van de Commissie in Nederlandsch-Indië voor oudheidkundig onderzoek op Java en Madoera, 1908, 1911.
  • Rapporten van den Oudheidkundigen Dienst in Nederlandsch-Indië, 1915 (Bijlage M), 1916 (Bijlage U), 1923 (p. 104ff.).
  • Vogel, J.Ph., Prakrit inscriptions from a Buddhist site at Nagarjunikonda, in: Epigraphia Indica XX (1929-1930), p. 1-37.
  • Vogel, J.Ph., Additional Prakrit inscriptions from Nagarjunikonda, in: Epigraphia Indica XXI (1931-1932), p. 61-71.

General

The material can be requested in the online catalogue (tab Special Collections). It can be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Processing Information

Collection E was digitised in March 2008.

Title
Beschrijving van de collection rubbings and paper casts of Javanese and Indian inscriptions
Author
Dory Heilijgers, Thomas Cruijsen and Savita de Backer, 2008-2009; ed. Silvia Compaan-Vermetten, Marie-Odette Scalliet, 2013
Date
2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Beschrijving is in het Engels.

Revision Statements

  • 24 September 2013: latest update

Repository Details

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