Prods Oktor Skjærvø, An Account Tablet from Eighth-Century Khotan

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The text published here is written on a wooden board of unknown exact provenance, but most likely from the general area of Dandan Öiliq in Khotan, and the script and language indicate it is from the 8th century. Wood was often used for record-keeping in ancient Xinjiang, and this particular board contains a record of grain delivered and received over a period of about one year. Of special interest are the words for baker and bakery, which were hitherto unknown in Khotanese. The reference to the prince’s baker is also remarkable. The Chinese religious title shangzuo, Elder, known from a Chinese document from Dandan Öiliq, is found here for the first time in a Khotanese text, written shadzau.

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