Taking advantage of a break in his hectic teaching schedule, Dr. Daniele Cuneo visited the BnF to examine some manuscripts as part of the TST project.
Daniele is a lecturer in Sanskrit and Indian civilization at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. He is a specialist in South Asian manuscripts, and he brings to the project a wealth of experience from the Sanskrit Manuscripts Project at the University of Cambridge. His research is centered on the philosophy of aesthetics (alaṃkāraśāstra) and the medieval Śaiva traditions of Kashmir. A natural polyglot, he also studies Tamil poetry, and his Italian translation — with Giovanni Ciotti — of the Muttoḷḷāyiram is forthcoming in January 2021 from Edizioni Ariele. For the TST, he has chosen to begin with MS Sanscrit 497, a collection of three texts in Śārada script, from Kashmir.
The item includes a beautifully annotated copy of the Śivasūtravimarśinī, a commentary on the Śivasūtra by the 11th-century scholar Kṣemarāja, a student of Abhinavagupta and a prolific elucidator of non-dualistic tantric Śaivism.