Colophon

A colophon is a statement at the end of a manuscript, after the completion statement. It can contain a number of different elements, such as dates, places, and names of scribes, owners/commissioners, or proofreaders.

 

BnF Sanscrit 1379. Nāmaliṅgānuśāsana

Bengali. Colophon consists of ownership statement and date.

BnF Sanscrit 1349, folio 103 recto

BnF Sanscrit 1349, 103r. Courtesy of the BnF.

Colophon reads: śrījanarddanaśarmmaṇaḥ pustakam idaṃ śakābdāḥ 1740. “This book belongs to Śrī Janardana Śarmā. Śaka year 1740.”

 

BnF Sanscrit 1405. Vivādacandrikā

Bengali. Colophon gives the date (śaka 1734), the owner (Mṛtyuñjaya Śarmā), as well as the scribe (Rājīvalocana Śarmā).

BnF Sanscrit 1405, folio 43, recto

BnF Sanscrit 1405, 43r. Courtesy of the BnF.

[43r6] śrīrāmaḥ || śubham astu śakābdāḥ 1734 || pauṣasya saptaviṃśativāsare saṃpūrṇam || ॰ || śrīmṛtyuñjayaśarmmaṇaḥ pustakam idaṃ || ॰ ||  śrīrājīvalocanaśarmmaṇo lipir iyaṃ || śrīśrīrāmo jayati ||

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