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palaeography

1. the study of the handwritings of the past, and often the manuscripts as well, so that they may be dated, read, etc., and may serve as historical and literary sources
2. a handwriting of the past
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A Sanskrit inscription of the ye dharmma, the 'Buddhist creed', which we identify palaeographically as belonging to the sixth-seventh century AD, was found in 2001 on the top of Padaw hill and is now in the custody of a local monastery.
Another inscription, carved in situ on a rock 40m from the pagoda, and somewhat weathered, belongs palaeographically to the eighteenth century or later, when Burmese letters acquired a generally rounded form that remains in use today.
for he claims that kramasi in the Sanskrit is doubtless to be read as trayasi "you protect," to which, he continues, it is palaeographically close.
Both groups are palaeographically distinct (Green & Nissen 1987: 53-62).
I would further point out that all the mistakes I shall correct occur very commonly in later manuscripts, so one cannot take exception to them palaeographically.
Palaeographically, the direct transcription from the bone and bronze palaeographs into the small-seal form, i.
The emendation is easily justifiable palaeographically since the difference between Sha ya and Shu ayban (in the accusative) is only a single minim; so Shu ayb in the original source was probably in the accusative.
274-75), palaeographically dated to the tenth to eleventh centuries, which differs in certain respects from the form preserved in the full manuscripts copied some six hundred years later.
In order to be acceptable, an emendation must make good sense, better than the received text; it must be in harmony with the style of the Koran; it must also be palaeographically justifiable; and finally, it must show how the corruption occurred in the first place.