Andrew West
魏安 𗔬𗐹
@BabelStone
Guild of Tangutologists, Secret Order of Runists and Oghamites, defrocked academic, rambling antiquarian, ascender of pagodas, whisperer of stones.
The Sunless Sea


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Out and About

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2019-11-04
17:26

Sable Wood, Farnham #dailywalk

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2019-09-22
22:07

15th-century painting of St Christopher on the south wall of the Old Church of St Peter and St Paul at Albury Park in Surrey; and an early 16th-century painting of St Christopher on the north wall of the Church of St James in Bramley, Hampshire. I visited both churches this week.

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2019-09-21
18:16

Medieval graffiti on the chancel arch of the Church of St Nicholas in Compton, Surrey, depicting a Norman knight with a conical helmet and a nose guard.

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2019-09-19
16:48

Unperturbed by the unseasonably warm summer weather that we should not be having in late September, today I visited the lovely Norman church of St James at Bramley in Hampshire ...

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2019-09-17
16:10

Annual grape harvest underway at the West household

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2019-08-27
16:20

Visited yesterday, the excavation by @LymingeDig of the Saxon church at Lyminge, Kent, founded by Queen (later Saint) Ethelburga (Æthelburh) in 633. Very clear remains of the apsidal chancel separated from the nave by a triple arch.

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2019-08-05
16:42

Almost the last day of filming of 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔒𝔩𝔡 𝔊𝔲𝔞𝔯𝔡 at the Bourne Woods this afternoon (photos shot at full zoom through a small gap in the trees at about 300 yards)

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2019-07-28
14:40

Went for a Sunday morning walk, so here are some sheep chilling in the shade of some trees near where we live.

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2019-06-02
19:31

Little egret in the River Wey today, and then the same bird two hours later in a different stretch of the river.

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2019-05-13
19:50

Outside of Farnham Castle (shell wall built in late 12th-century around the Norman keep built in 1138) ...

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2019-01-30
12:38

Foxy friends in my back garden enjoying the sunshine on a frosty morning.

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2018-09-22
12:32

Sunset at Hope Cove last night.

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2018-09-13
11:10

On Tuesday I visited St Peter's, parish church of Farnborough, to look at the exquisite medieval (early 13th century) wall paintings of three female saints. babeldiary.blogspot.com/2018/09/farnbo…

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Travels Abroad

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2019-10-01
09:16

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, here is a photo of me recently arrived in China circa October 1984, with 35th anniversary poster in the background (roommate photographer Adrian Bradshaw cropped out).

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2019-06-17
07:18

Snoqualmie Falls, in the heart of Twin Peaks country.

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2019-05-14
12:33

After nearly three years I finally get round to writing up an account of my visit to Kharakhoto with @cosmicore in August 2016. babelstone.co.uk/BabelDiary/201…

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2019-04-29
19:08

From exactly 50 years ago, Chairman Mao and Lin Biao at the 1st Plenary Session of the 9th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, on a tin plaque with Tibetan inscription published by the Nationalities Press (Minzu chubanshe) ...

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2019-02-22
14:57

View of the astronomical clock in the Cathédrale Saint-Jean in Lyon.

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2019-02-19
23:09

Ci-gît un nid-de-poule 2011–2017 (à Lyon)

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2019-02-18
20:59

#OTD in #Lyon 75 years ago: "Ici le 18 février 1944 Bernard Guy, Sergent F.F.I. a été tué par la milice en tentant de s'évader. Passant, Souviens toi!"

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2019-02-18
19:52

This week I am in France for a few days, and today I attempted to do a round trip train journey from Lyon to Paris and back (2 hours each way by TGV) in order to consult a Tangut manuscript at the Musée Guimet ...

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2018-11-23
21:23

Ce matin j'étais à Arras avec @Romain_Tangoute @vauzhao et des autres tangutologues pour un colloque international «Recontre de Tangoutologie» ...

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2018-10-26
19:11

It's only fair that I post Then and Now photos of myself, so here's an original Adrian Bradshaw photo of me at Chengde in 1985 wearing a hat decorated with a plastic lobster ...

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2018-10-26
00:01

This evening I attended the preview of my friend Adrian Bradshaw's exhibition of photographs from 1980s China at Oxford Brookes University brookes.ac.uk/public-art/gla…

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2018-09-14
12:48

Continuing to catch up on the backlog for my photo diary for 2016, I have just published the account of my visit to the Western Xia twin pagodas at Baisikou in Ningxia babelstone.co.uk/BabelDiary/201…

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2017-09-25
07:40

Day 8: Hohhot: Lunch with a Muya Bönpo lama showing us Ersu astrological books.

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2017-09-22
10:40

Day 5: Hohhot: The famous Liao dynasty White Pagoda (萬部華嚴經塔), with Khitan & Jurchen graffiti written somewhere on the dark corridor walls.

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2017-09-21
12:48

Day 4 (pm): Hohhot: Successful meeting to progress encoding of set of 1,188 #NaxiDongba 纳西东巴characters, with @evertype and Naxi experts.

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2017-09-21
07:01

Day 4 (am): Hohhot: Successful meeting to finalize the encoding of a set of 486 #Shuishu 水书characters, with @evertype and Shuishu experts.

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2017-09-19
18:23

Day 2: Baoding: Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

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2017-09-19
14:43

Kalaviṅka (妙音鳥) from the Yuan capital of Khanbaliq. Kalaviṅka sculptures like this are a particular feature of Tangut Buddhist art.

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2017-09-19
12:13

Day 2: Baoding: Tangut dharani pillars dated 1502, and a 1350 stele commemorating the Yuan dynasty Tangut official Laosuo 老索 (1188–1260).

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2017-09-19
12:12

Day 2: Beijing: The white stupa of Miaoying Temple (妙應寺白塔), constructed under the supervision of Nepali architect Araniko in 1271.

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2017-09-19
11:19

Day 1: Beijing: "A Panda" 阿潘达 and Sun Wukong at Xisi.

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2017-09-18
22:35

Day 1: Beijing: Pagoda of the Old Man of 10,000 pines 万松老人塔 (Yuan/Qing), an oasis of tranquillity and books in the heart of Beijing.

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2017-09-18
22:23

Day 1: Beijing: Haotian pagoda 昊天塔 (Liao hollow brick pagoda); closed for renovations but still managed to take a few photos.

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2015-10-22
09:57

Matsue castle 松江城 on an early morning walk

#WG2_64

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2015-10-19
01:31

@ken_lunde @CJKType WG2 meeting starting here at the Kunibiki Messe in Matsue in half an hour, on a hazy morning.

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At the Museum

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2019-02-26
20:28

This is the last photo I took at the Musée Gallo-Romain in Lyon a week ago, just as the battery on my camera died. The Roman Christian gravestones were almost the last room in the museum, and it is a shame I only managed to get this one photo.

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2019-02-26
01:27

Gravestone at the Musée Gallo-Romain in Lyon for Aurelius Leons, a letter engraver, who died aged 18 years, 7 months and 5 days. This is claimed to be the only surviving Roman funerary monument which explicitly records the deceased's occupation as a letter engraver.

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2019-02-25
23:14

Selection of Roman terracotta oil lamps from Lyon at the Musée Gallo-Romain with pictures of various gladiators — Gotta catch 'em all!

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2019-02-24
18:07

During my recent visit to the wonderful Musée Gallo-Romain in Lyon, I noticed that a particular feature of many of the Roman funerary inscriptions at the museum is an engraved ascia (stonemason's axe or adze).

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2019-02-22
18:58

Late Bronze Age or Early Iron Age (c. 700 BC) processional chariot discovered at la Côte-Saint-André (Isère) in 1888. The procession of the flaming bucket in the chariot is thought to have been associated with the worship of the sun.

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2019-02-21
15:09

The "Xenia" mural, a Roman wall painting c. 50–70 AD discovered in Lyon in 1988, with trompe-l'œil depiction of presents given by guests to the master of the house.

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2019-02-19
23:21

Mysterious Gallo-Roman bronze dodecahedrons at the Musée gallo-romain de Lyon-Fourvière.

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2019-02-19
22:36

The Claudius Tablet discovered in Lyon in 1528 gives the text of a speech by Emperor Claudius (born in Lugdunum in 10 BC) in 48 AD. Only half of the original tablet survives, but it is huge (1.40 × 1.93 m, 222 kg).

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2019-01-06
17:13

A very common design of bronze mirrors from the Jin dynasty (1115-1234) shows a pair of fish placed head-to-tail. At 43 cm in diameter, this example from Acheng in Heilongjiang is the largest one ever found. Photographed at the National Museum of China in Beijing.

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2018-10-30
09:53

Bodhisattva Benzaiten 弁財天 playing the biwa 琵琶 (Chinese pipa, a type of four-stringed lute) on a silk scroll of c. 1300-1400 hanging in the newly-reopened Japanese Gallery at the British Museum.

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2018-10-21
18:33

The Decree of Pixodaros in the Lycian script (Xanthos, c. 340-334 BC), photographed at the British Museum yesterday.

(Twitter discriminates against Unicode Lycian characters, so the Lycian text is in the next tweet.)

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2018-10-20
20:56

Early 20th-century Japanese copy of a Qin score and lyrics for 'High Peaks' (Gaoshan 高山), on display at the newly reopened Japanese Gallery at the British Museum.

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2018-09-30
20:22

Shang, Zhou and Han depictions of rhinoceroses in bronze are extremely accurate and lifelike. Ancient Chinese rhinos had two horns, and are thought to have been a subspecies of the Sumatran Rhinoceros. This Han rhino in the National Museum of China has a saddle. #WorldRhinoDay

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2018-08-18
00:42

"I believe the true line of research lies in the careful noting and comparison of the smallest details" — Flinders Petrie, 1931. On the entrance staircase to the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London.

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2017-10-01
12:47

Day 10: Half-day trip to Inner Mongolia Museum, definitely to be recommended.

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In the Library

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2019-02-16
22:44

At the British Library on Monday examining "The Cornish British Vocabulary" by William Hals (1655–1737) — photo by @Evertype

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2018-11-25
02:15

By far the most exciting moment of my visit to the Bibliothèque nationale de France came when I saw this scroll being unrolled, and I immediately recognised it as the unique Tang dynasty manuscript of pipa lute notation for 25 tunes.

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2018-11-25
01:36

And this is a fragment of an Old Uyghur manuscript from the Pelliot collection (gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv…) for @dmatsui1217

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2018-11-25
00:55

After the conference we went to the Bibliothèque nationale de France to examine Tangut fragments and other treasures. Here is me and Prof. Arakawa Shintarō looking at an unidentified Tangut dharani (I left my reading glasses in the cloakroom, so it is all a bit of a blur for me!)

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Archaeology

Date Tweet Image Tweets
2019-11-11
10:04

Jin dynasty brick tomb with murals depicting the Stories of 24 Filial Acts and an inscription dated 1189 discovered near Xingtai in Hebei kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-10-31
09:47

Western Jin brick tomb dated 306 discovered at Zixing in Hunan kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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2019-09-23
19:14

Fragment of jade from the site at Karabalgasun, capital of the Uighur Empire (744/745 to 840 AD), with an Old Uyghur inscription written in Chinese characters — h/t @csen_nomads

{@csen_nomads}

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2019-09-15
16:07

The enigma of bronze age tin ingots found off the Israeli coast with marks that may be Cypro-Minoean signs phys.org/news/2019-09-e…

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2019-09-09
11:26

A couple of plain brick Tang dynasty tombs (M421 and M422) excavated at Lanshan County in the very south of Hunan ...kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-08-28
11:26

Buddhist cliff sculptures of a buddha and four bodhisattvas in Baiyu county of Sichuan's Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture are identified as dating to the period of the late Tibetan Empire (9th century). kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-08-16
19:44

Discovered today in Taiyuan, a well-preserved Tang dynasty tomb with spectacular wall paintings, including a magnificent tiger and a lovely 5-stringed pipa. Importantly, there is a stone epitaph which will provide information about the deceased. mp.weixin.qq.com/s/unvQiOzDwK4W…

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2019-08-09
11:30

Here are the pictures without a link to the source (just google 山东发掘两座大型汉代画像石墓):

Excavation of two large-scale Han dynasty tombs in Jinan, Shandong, with a total of 58 engraved picture stones.

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2019-07-26
9:36

Ming dynasty tomb with wall paintings inscribed "Buried on the 11th day of the 2nd month of the 9th year of the Yongle era of the Great Ming" "大明永樂九年二月十一日葬" [1411] discovered at Yuxian in Shanxi (山西盂县) kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190...

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2019-07-11
11:31

Yuan dynasty tomb with wall paintings discovered at Shuozhou in Shanxi last month. Inscription on a brick indicates that the tomb is for Zhang Delin and his wife Madam Wang (祖耶耶张得林娘娘王氏) art.ifeng.com/2019/0621/3482...

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2019-07-09
10:12

Yuan dynasty brick tomb with wall paintings discovered in Jinan Shandong. Mural is helpfully inscribed with the date 大元國至元二十二年 "22nd year of the Zhiyuan era of the Great Yuan State" = 1285 kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190...

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2019-07-04
17:29

Pictures of the Song dynasty brick tomb discovered at Longxi County Gansu during road building yesterday xw.qq.com/partner/wcsbzs...

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2019-07-03
17:12

Thousands of miniature five-tier towers (gorintō 五輪塔) discovered in boxes at the Entsuji Temple on Mount Koya in Japan mainichi.jp/english/articl...

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2019-07-01
10:28

Undisturbed Song/Jin dynasty husband-and-wife brick tomb in good condition, with Jin dynasty epitaph, discovered in Yuanqu County, Shanxi hkcna.hk/content/2019/0...

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2019-05-30
11:08

Stone mould for a bronze fishhook (铜鱼钩石范) among ten stone moulds for spearheads etc. found at a 1st millennium BCE site in Yunnan kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190...

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2019-05-08
10:07

Brief report on the discovery of the late Western Han tombs of the Marquis of Yichun (宜春侯) and his wife in Xi'an, excavated last April kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-04-26
16:32

Dan discusses a previously unknown 8th-century Tibetan stone inscription reported to be sited at the Traduntse Temple (པྲ་དུན་རྩེ་གཙུག་ལག་ཁང) in southwest Tibet. tibeto-logic.blogspot.com/2019/04/stone-…

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2019-04-25
16:43

Carving of a domestic silkworm in the process of spinning silk, made from the tusk of a wild boar, discovered at the Shuanghuaishu site in Henan dating to the late Yangshao period, about 5,300-4,800 years ago. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-04-03
13:12

115 Western Zhou period tombs of the Guo (虢) state found near Sanmenxia in Henan kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-03-28
11:35

Fragment of a Chinese bronze mirror unearthed in Kyrgyzstan, with interweaving lines of a poem by an unknown Tang dynasty lady zeno.ru/showphoto.php?…

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2019-03-28
10:22

Discovery of a pair of Song dynasty tombs in Chongqing, with superb Buddhist engravings kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-03-27
09:32

Chicken eggs found in 2,500 year old tomb at Liyang in Jiangsu. Why? "Because little chicks hatch from eggs, and they symbolise the endless cycle of birth and countless generations of descendants ... or maybe the dead person just really loved eating eggs." kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-03-21
10:51

大金重遷祖塔誌   沙門 善篪 撰

夫無生而生無滅而滅唯達者之能明洎乎生也色

身有家舍之所依洎乎滅也遺形有墳隴之所藏此

其世間不易之道自古不無矣相之洪福寺文殊院

始自大宋慶曆中以遠祖 捐公等同會一塔葬之

於城西開元寺之旁時以  大金天會四年戊申

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2019-03-19
22:37

Discovery at Anyang (Henan) of a Jin dynasty brick mural tomb for four monks dated 1159. sohu.com/a/300787080_26…

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2019-01-09
11:34

Report on the excavation of the site outside Lhasa where the 9th-century Karcung Pillar (嘎尔琼拉康石碑 = སྐར་ཅུང་ལག་ཁང་རྡོ་རིང) stood until it was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in 1968. kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2019-01-07
14:39

More information on the Jin dynasty (1115-1234) summer palace discovered at Taizicheng ("Prince's city") when preparing the area for use as a skiing venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics kaogu.cssn.cn/ywb/news/new_d…

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2019-01-05
01:18

Report on excavations of the site of the capital of Rui state (芮国) and tombs of the Dukes of Rui from early Eastern Zhou — burial goods include bronze ritual vessels, sets of bronze bells, sets of stone chimes, as well as gold, jade and lacquer artefacts kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20190…

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2018-11-22
00:19

Excavations of a Liao dynasty imperial mausoleum in the vicinity of Yiwulü Mountain 醫巫閭山 northwest of Beizhen city in Liaoning have uncovered pieces of jade tablets inscribed with Khitan Small Script. kaogu.cssn.cn/ywb/news/new_d… (@cosmicore)

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2018-09-12
14:16

I just mapped the location of all 200+ tombs at the Western Xia imperial cemetery at Yinchuan google.com/maps/d/viewer?…

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Pagodas

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2019-11-21
10:50

Foundations for three Liao dynasty hexagonal pagodas excavated in 2012 at the site of the Liao Superior Capital in Inner Mongolia, the largest 40+ metres across, thought to be part of an imperial Buddhist temple kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xcczlswz/2…

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2019-11-20
20:49

Foundations of a Song dynasty hexagonal brick pagoda uncovered in Zhejiang. Bricks printed with "道源塔磚" (Daoyuan Pagoda brick) and "南無大乘妙法蓮華經" (Namo Mahāyāna Saddharmapuṇḍarīka-sūtra). kaogu.cssn.cn/zwb/xccz/20191…

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Ogham

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2019-07-25
17:59

The Silchester Ogham Stone, found at the bottom of a well in the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum in 1893. Photographed by me on this day three years ago.

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2018-08-20
10:01

Beautiful and unusual example of the use of the X-shaped supplementary ogham letter k ᚕ. Three of the stones in this cluster commemorate members of the Toicacas tribe, twice spelt normally as TOICACI ᚈᚑᚔᚉᚐᚉᚔ, but once spelt TOICAKI ᚈᚑᚔᚉᚐᚕᚔ (as shown on the photo).

{@Vkkokko} 1
2018-08-17
19:02

Ogham-inscribed jewellery is very rare. This amber bead from Co. Clare is inscribed with a magical word in Ogham script that Macalister, with no great conviction, reads as ATUCMLU ᚐᚈᚒᚉᚋᚂᚒ (-CMLU visible in the image, the V-shaped mark below the stemline is U apparently).

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2018-08-17
18:47

Whenever I go to the British Museum, as I did today, I get to this Ogham stone from Devon, and just stop and gaze at it for ten minutes. For me it is one of the most perfect objects in the museum.

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Runes

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2018-08-31
11:15

ᚴᚢᚱᛁᛚᛋᛅᚱᚦᚢᛅᚱᛅᚠᛅᚱᚦᚢᚾᚢᚠᚢᚾᛏᛁᚾᛁᛋᛏᚢᚦᚢᚱᚢᛁᚵᛁᚦᛁᚴ

ᚦᚨᚱᛋᛅᛏᚱᚢᛏᛁᚾᛁᚢᚱᛁᛚᛋᛅᚱᚦᚢᛅᚱᛅᚢᛁᚦᚱᛅᚦᚱᛅᚢᛅᚱᛁ

kurilsarþuarafarþunufuntinistuþuruigiþik

þorsatrutiniurilsarþuarauiþraþrauari

{@wyrdwritere} 3
2018-08-17
21:32

Anglo-Saxon stone cross-head from St Mary's Church, Lancaster, inscribed with runes reading: ᚷᛁᛒᛁᛞᚫᚦᚠᚩ | ᚱᚫᚳᚣᚾᛁᛒᚪᛚ | ᚦᚳᚢᚦᛒᛖᚱᛖ[ᚻᛏ] ''gibidæþ foræ cynibalþ cuþbere[ht]'' ("Pray for Cynibalth, Cuthbert").

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2018-08-17
21:00

Anglo-Saxon gold runic ring, found in June 1817 at Kingmoor near Carlisle, and inscribed with an uninterpretable inscription comprising 30 Anglo-Saxon runes (last 3 on inside):

+ÆRKRIUFLTKRIURIÞONGLÆSTÆPON / TOL

᛭ᚫᚱᛣᚱᛁᚢᚠᛚᛏᛣᚱᛁᚢᚱᛁᚦᚩᚾᚷᛚᚫᛋᛏᚫᛈᚩᚾ / ᛏᚩᛚ

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2018-08-17
20:03

The Anglo-Saxon runic-inscribed Seax of Beagnoth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seax_of_B…

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2018-08-14
21:25

Another Anglo-Saxon disc-headed pin with a runic inscription, found at Bardney in Lincolnshire, this time engraved with the 15th through 25th letters of the Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet: ᛉᛋᛏᛒᛖᛗᛚᛝᛞᛟᚪ x-s-t-b-e-m-l-ng-d-oe-a finds.org.uk/database/artef…

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2018-08-14
10:36

ON BM Add. MS 47967 f. 1 are neatly written the Anglo-Saxon runes y-r-þ-e-r-o-ng-t-ng-æ-o-n-ḡ-o-n-ḡ ᚣᚱᚦᛖᚱᚩᛝᛏᛝᚫᚩᚾᚸᚩᚾᚸ incongruously annotated as a-b-c-d-e-f-g-h-i-l-m-n-o-p-r-s. bl.uk/catalogues/ill…

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2018-08-13
10:04

First eleven letters of the Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet (ᚠᚢᚦᚩᚱᚳᚷᚹᚻᚾᛁ).

{@liddyprosser} 4


Phags-pa

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2019-03-28
10:40

.@dmatsui1217 discusses the Uighur Buddhist Buyan-Qaya and his father Yïγmïš-Qaya, both from Suzhou (modern Jiuquan in Gansu), who left their marks at the Mogao and Yulin caves. academia.edu/38650396/Dai_M… Picture shows "I, Buyan-Qaya" in Phags-pa scipt: ꡏꡦꡋ ꡎꡟ ꡗꡦꡋ ꡢ ꡗꡦ

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Jurchen

Date Tweet Image Tweets
2018-03-31
20:31

After a hiatus of more than 2 years I return to my blog with a post about a Jurchen inscription on the River Arkhara in Russia babelstone.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/jurche…

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2017-08-18
17:15

Jurchen inscription (c. 1228) found in 2014 in Northern Shaanxi — incomplete but beautiful calligraphy sohu.com/a/56226426_119… #Jurchen #女真文

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Khitan

Date Tweet Image Tweets
2019-01-26
00:39

New photo of the jade fragment with Khitan Small Script inscription that I discussed on my blog last year babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2018/11/y…

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2018-11-29
10:32

I've just published a blog post on the Khitan Jade from the Liao Mausoleum at Yiwulü Mountain babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2018/11/y…

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2016-09-25
14:48

Newly discovered fragments of Khitan large script written on the wall of a tomb in Inner Mongolia sssc.cn/a/20160922/147…

{@JerryYou517} 2
2015-04-03
21:20

Liao dynasty clay coins with Khitan Large Script 天朝萬順 inscription bbs.chcoin.com/show-7330804.h…

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Tangut

Date Tweet Image Tweets
2019-09-15
12:48

Five Western Xia official seals in #Tangut seal script on display at the National Museum of China in Beijing.

10
2019-05-06
14:34

Today's exciting (for me) #Tangut discovery in the Stein Collection at @idp_uk is a tiny fragment of the very rare "A edition" of the Tangut Homophones (𗙏𘙰 = 同音) idp.bl.uk/database/oo_lo… (outlined in red)

4
2019-05-04
18:33

Tangut seal imprint for the "Head Supervisor of Grain Measurement" 𘑐𘅞𗥦[𘏿] on a fragment from the Stein Collection at @idp_uk idp.bl.uk/database/oo_lo…

2
2019-05-04
11:30

Mars (𗜐𗵫) with Scorpio (𘓺𘊓), and the 3rd lunar mansion (𘞱𗵫 = "Under Constellation") on his left. #Tangut

{@JeffreyKotyk} 1
2019-03-22
21:08

When I was attending a Tangut colloquium in France last November (twitter.com/BabelStone/sta…) Prof. Arakawa Shintarō kindly gave me a copy of his 2016 study on Tangut cursive characters, which includes this very useful appendix by Ono Hiroko (小野裕子) listing 60 characters.

2
2019-03-18
21:12

The Tangut manuscript discussed here (twitter.com/BabelStone/sta…) & here (twitter.com/BabelStone/sta…) is interesting in so many ways; and one unexpected point of interest turns out to be the writing on the other side of the paper which so annoyingly disrupts our reading of the text ...

10
2019-03-17
11:32

Tangut cursive script is extremely difficult for the modern student to learn (we have no masters to teach us), and I am still a beginner. Maybe when @tkasasagi has completed her fantastic work with AI recognition of kuzushiji she can turn her attention to cursive Tangut!

3
2019-03-16
13:31

The dark underbelly of #Tangut society ... a manuscript contract for the private sale of household slaves (Institute of Oriental Manuscripts Inv. No. 4579 from Kharakhoto).

7
2019-01-13
00:32

Ketu, called the Pearl Star (𗊏𗵫) in Tangut. The Tangut version is depicted with green skin and a hideous appearance, completely different from the other East Asian depictions, and lacking their distinctive iconography.

{@JeffreyKotyk} 2
2019-01-12
13:11

Anyone care to identify and explain the various objects scattered at the feet of the purported Tangut emperor in this painting from Khara-Khoto at the Hermitage? Including coral branch, rhinoceros horn, pair of flaming pearls? hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/her…

1
2019-01-11
19:40

Western Xia painting of a Garuda (Tangut 𗡝𗜪𗓽 ka lew lo) from Khara-Khoto at the Hermitage Museum hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/her…

1
2019-01-11
12:07

Tangut title on top left is 𗼑𗎾𗵫 "moon comet star". The donor's name is given at the bottom left as 𘓞𗄈𗇋𗥚𗳩[?][?] but I can't make out the last two characters which are the given name of someone with the family name 𗥚𗳩 Ziq-o (in Miyake transcription).

{@JeffreyKotyk} 1
2019-01-05
16:17

Western Xia bronze hand mirror with a picture of an official and a deer, above which are the #Tangut characters 𘔭 [1dzen4] "money" (Chinese 錢) and 𘑨 [2wuq1] "to aid" (Chinese 祐) respectively. Photographed at the Xixia Museum in Yinchuan.

2
2019-01-01
19:32

Film by Ilia Stogoff made for the 200th anniversary of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (Asiatic Museum) of the Russian Academy of Studies orientalstudies.ru/eng/index.php?… (the Tangut dictionary "Sea of Writing" 𘝞𗗚 shown)

2
2018-11-21
10:37

Folke Bergman's photo of the northwest corner of Khara-khoto in January 1931 (jarringcollection.se/travel/travels… via @csen_nomads) ...

5
2018-10-18
10:28

The 1278 Stele of Xiaoli Qianbu 小李鈐部 (1191–1259), a Tangut official under the Yuan dynasty, found in 2013 at Daming, Hebei babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2015/01/t…

3
2018-10-18
10:27

The 1350 Stele of Laosuo 老索 (1188–1260), a Tangut official under the Yuan dynasty, found in 1985 at Baoding, Hebei babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2015/01/t…

2
2018-08-27
19:08

"A bit of Tangut printing" from T. F. Carter's "The invention of printing in China and its spread westward" (1931) twitter.com/shugeorg/statu…

4
2018-08-12
14:32

Tangut clay elephant from inside one of the 108 stupas in Ningxia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:108_… — possibly the base for a statue of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra #WorldElephantDay

2
2018-08-10
18:42

Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī riding a lion on a Tangut silk painting from Khara-Khoto hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/her… #

As is the case with so much Tangut vocabulary, the Tangut word for 'lion' 𘆅𗹛 ₂ka¹₂che³ is of unknown etymology (the 2nd element 𗹛 is a homophone of 𗗯 'dog').

1
2017-01-09
21:48

Label on top right is 𗂰𗏣𗵒𗵫 "Golden Star of the West" (Chinese 西方金星). Taurus is the "Golden Ox" 𗵒𗅠 in Tangut, so golden in the picture.

{@JeffreyKotyk} 1


Writing

Date Tweet Image Tweets
2019-07-23
14:06

British Library Add MS 73525 (bl.uk/manuscripts/Fu...) is a collection of manuscript fragments dating from the 10th through 16th centuries, including this single folio "in an unknown script, in red, blue, and black ink, possibly liturgical in nature".

3
2019-04-07
14:27

酔後失禮謝書 (Or.8210/S.2200) 昨日多飲,酔甚過度。麁踈言詞,都不醒覺。朝來見諸人説,方知其由,無地容身,慚悚尤積。本緣小噐,到次滿盈,(深反仄,深反仄)。伏望仁明,不賜罪責。續當面謝,先狀諮申。伏惟監察。不宣,謹狀。

{@BL_MadeDigital} 3
2019-03-28
14:27

The British Library’s unique copy of the 1592-1593 Amakusa edition of Feiqe no monogatari [Heike monogatari], Esopo no fabulas [Isoho monogatari] and Qincuxu [Kinkushū] in Portuguese romanization is now available online dglb01.ninjal.ac.jp/BL_amakusa/en…

1
2019-03-15
20:29

And this page corresponds to the bottom ⅓ of the 8th line to the top ⅓ of the 12th line of the small Uighur inscription on the east wall (presumably the last ⅔ of the last line are over the page) ...

3
2019-03-15
19:04

Finally we come to the 4th volume, with copies of the inscriptions in the Old Uighur script (parent of the Mongolian script). This page corresponds to the large Uighur inscription on the west wall, starting about ½ way down the 2nd line and ending near the bottom of the 3rd line.

2
2019-03-07
16:43

This is the last page of the Tangut volume, corresponding to the last 3⅓ lines of the transcription in small Tangut characters on the east wall of the Sanskrit Dharani-Sutra of the Victorious Buddha-Crown.

2
2019-03-06
15:57

This is the first page of the Tangut volume, corresponding to the surviving two-thirds of the first line of the Tathāgata-hṛdaya-dhāraṇī-sūtra in large Tangut characters on the west wall:

□□□□□□□□𗏵𘅄𗬂𘈪𗏤𘕜𗫂𘀍𗕘𗙫𗏵𗶴𗦆𗞞𗏵𗐱𗅒𗬔𘀍𘅄

4
2019-03-05
18:44

The next image is the last page of the Phags-pa volume, comprising a single line of Mongolian written in Phags-pa script, corresponding to the last line of the small character Phags-pa inscription on the east wall:

ꡆꡘ ꡅꡞꡏ ꡎꡟ ꡗꡋ ꡉꡟ ꡗꡞꡋ ꡁꡦꡡꡘ ꡁꡞ ꡁꡦꡊ ꡎꡦꡘ ꡠ

4
2019-03-04
10:56

This is the first page of the volume of inscriptions in the Phags-pa script, corresponding to the start (line 1 + beginning of line 2) of the Sanskrit inscription in large Phags-pa script on the west wall. It reads top-to-bottom running from left to right (same as Mongolian) ...

4
2019-03-03
10:35

This is the last page of the Chinese volume, corresponding to lines 18-21 of the small character inscription on the east wall (i.e. the end of the Record of Merits for Constructing the Pagoda 造塔功德記) ...

3
2019-03-02
17:25

I'll post pictures of the four scripts/languages kindly supplied by @library_carlyr over the next few days. To start with, here is the first page of the volume covering the Chinese inscriptions, which corresponds to lines 1-2 of the large character inscription on the west wall.

5
2019-02-25
11:47

Today I learned (h/t @CraigClunas) that the John Rylands Library (Manchester University) holds Qing dynasty copies of the Sanskrit and Tibetan inscriptions at the Cloud Platform at Juyong Pass. Very important if they predate Bonaparte's 1895 rubbings. luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s…

8
2019-01-18
01:50

Ersu sacred printing sticks.

5
2018-12-24
02:07

མྱི་ཁྱོད་གི་རོགས་ནི་ལྷ་ཨི་ཤི་མྱི་ཤི་ཧ་ཞེས་བྱ་སྟེ་། །ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ་དཔལ་ཤག་ཀྱ་ཐུབ་པ་བྱེད་དེ་། ...

"i shi myi shi ha" = "Jesus Messiah"

{@Lhatseri} 6
2018-10-24
10:25

Here's something I've never seen before. A Chinese style carved wooden table with an inscribed slab of rock (10" × 6") embedded in the middle (transcription in next tweet). Found in a junk shop in Cirencester. Anyone got any ideas about when or why the table was made?

5
2018-08-02
13:26

Japanese postcard to Mrs Phelps, i.e. Rose Janet née Hutchinson, wife of John Jay Phelps (1861–1848) of Red Towers Hackensack NJ, found in a second-hand book purchased from the #Yale Co-op in 1995.

3
2017-05-10
21:57

Leaf from 1476/1477 book printed by Caxton, cunningly displayed at Reading Uni so as to be near impossible to photo. bbc.co.uk/news/education…

3
2015-10-22
08:07

吉祥如意 — #Nüshu 女书 calligraphy by Prof. Zhao Liming 赵丽明, a kind present to me at the end of #WG2_64 meeting in Matsue

1


Games

Date Tweet Image Tweets
2019-11-12
16:44

The game board depicted on a runestone from Sweden is remarkably similar to that used for playing liubo in China a thousand years earlier. babelstone.co.uk/Blog/2009/05/l…

{@Berserkjablogg}

1
2018-10-25
01:49

The earliest Western printed description of Xiangqi (Chinese chess) in Thomas Hyde's 1694 De Ludis Orientalibus.

8


Books

Date Tweet Image Tweets
2019-04-05
20:27

Today's acquisition for my Tangut Library is this volume from Ostasiatische Zeitschrift October 1917 / March 1918, which includes Anna Bernhardi's "Buddhistische Bilder aus der Glanzzeit der Tanguten" which I think must be the first ever article on Tangut art.

6
2018-10-27
19:24

The earliest English translation of the Outlaws of the Marsh (水滸傳), under the title All Men Are Brothers, was made by Pearl S. Buck in 1933. 70 years ago an edition with vibrant colour illustrations by Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957) was published by the Heritage Press ... 0/32

33
2018-10-27
17:59

Beautifully produced new edition of Jackson's 1937 translation of the Outlaws of the Marsh 水滸傳 foliosociety.com/uk/outlaws-of-…, one of my favourite of the four great Ming novels ...

{@xuetingni} 9
2018-02-01
15:29

Today's addition to my library: "Histoire générale des voyages, ou nouvelle collection de toutes les relations de voyages par mer et par terre" tome 25: Description de la Tartarie orientale et du Tibet (Paris, 1749), including a map of the Xia (Tangut) Empire

1
2017-04-17
01:17

With my recent acquisition of the Tangut Tripitaka (temporarily missing v.3) my #Tangut books no longer fit on one bookshelf.

1
2016-09-24
18:30

Today's acquisition for my Tangut library, Bonaparte's 1895 "Documents de l'époque mongole des XIIIe et XIVe siècles" @cosmicore @jerryyou

4
2016-09-20
11:43

Jin Qizong's 1984 Dictionary of Jurchen 女真文辞典 which I bought in Beijing when it was newly published

@cosmicore

1
2016-09-20
11:28

Not so rare, but still nice to have, Grube's 1896 Jurchen dictionary "Die Sprache und Schrift der Jučen"

@cosmicore

1
2016-09-09
20:44

Day 10: After the museum we have time for book shopping, and I bought this important addition to my Tangut library.

1
2014-12-18
18:56

Rubbing of Liangzhou Stele Tangut inscription of 1094 in Devéria's 1898 "L'Écriture du Royaume de Si-Hia ou Tangout"

1
2014-11-15
15:21

Received today, Kychanov's "Catalogue of Tangut Buddhist Monuments at the IOS of RAS" (1999) -- more on this soon!

1
2014-09-17
19:03

Arrived today, the crucial 1969 edition of the "Sea of Characters" (Море письмен), a Tangut rime dictionary.

1
2014-09-13
10:20

Arrived today, Kychanov's 1966 "Chinese Classics in Tangut Translation" (Китайская классика в тангутском переводе)

1
2014-09-08
20:44

Also arrived today, Nevsky's monumental 1960 "Tangut Philology" (Н. А. Невский, Тангутская филология) ...

1
2014-09-08
19:31

Arrived today, Sofronov's 1968 "Grammar of the Tangut Language" (М. В. Софронов, Грамматика тангутского языка).

1
2014-01-26
14:02

When I was in China last month I didn't buy any books, but I didn't need to as I got these Tangut & Yi books for free

1


People

Date Tweet Image Tweets
2019-07-05
10:12

"The Unicode Gang" in 2009 unicode.org/history/photoa... #UnicodeGang

4
2018-11-15
00:59

Evangeline D. Edwards (1888-1957), Professor of Chinese and Head of Department of the Far East at SOAS, and Acting Head of the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, 1921-1955

3
2018-11-14
23:42

Various designs drawn by Charles Otto Blagden (1864-1949) digital.soas.ac.uk/blagden/all/br…

8
2018-11-14
22:47

Letter from Qi Yuzhen 祁育真 (Member of the Shantou Christian Association 汕头市基督教联合会 in the 1950s) to Prof. Evangeline D. Edwards (1888-1957) at SOAS, dated 23 December 1932 (in the papers of Charles Otto Blagden) digital.soas.ac.uk/BL00000059

3


Emoji

Date Tweet Image Tweets
2019-10-25
12:02

Recent emoji proposals (㉘/⧜):

River emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19334…

Vulture emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19335…

Lotus emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19371…

1
2019-10-25
11:53

Recent emoji proposals (㉗/⧜):

Low Battery emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19316…

Raised Little Finger emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19326…

Hand with Index Finger and Thumb Crossed emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19327…

1
2019-09-19
10:52

Recent emoji proposals (㉖/⧜):

Submarine emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19305…

Crow/Raven emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19307…

Mirror Ball emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19310…

Bubbles emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19311…

Chainsaw emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19312…

1
2019-09-19
10:38

Proposals for black or white versions of existing emoji using ZWJ sequences:

White Wine emoji {🍷‍⬜} unicode.org/L2/L2019/19276…

Black Cat emoji {🐈‍⬛} unicode.org/L2/L2019/19277…

Polar Bear emoji {🐻‍⬜} unicode.org/L2/L2019/19296…

1
2019-08-13
11:31

Proposal for Face with X Eyes emoji (unicode.org/L2/L2019/19303…) in order to try to sort out the chaos created by incompatible vendor implementations of the existing Dizzy Face 😵 emoji.

4
2019-06-26
12:33

Recent emoji proposals (󰁉/󰡣):

Troll emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19232...


@Evertype and myself had to drag this one kicking and screaming through the emoji subcommittee and on to the Unicode document registry!

2
2019-06-20
05:35

Recent emoji proposals (㉔/⧜):

Biting Lip emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19219…

Diaper emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19215…

Bison emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19187…

1
2019-04-24
08:57

Recent emoji proposals (㉓/⧜):

Latin Cornbread emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19156…

Blueberries emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19157…

Plunger emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19158…

"What do you want?" pinched fingers emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19159…

1
2019-04-24
00:52

Recent emoji proposals (㉒/⧜):

Lung emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19149…

Heart emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19150…

Slightly Smiling Face with Tear emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19147…

1
2019-04-24
00:50

Recent emoji proposals (㉑/⧜):

Seal emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19155…

Tooth Brush emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19153…

Tamale emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19154…

1
2019-04-24
00:45

Recent emoji proposals (፳/⧜):

Mouse Trap emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19144…

Rock emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19145…

Olive emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19146…

Beetle emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19148…

Knot emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19152…

Roller Skate emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19151…

1
2019-04-24
00:37

Recent emoji proposals (𝋳/⧜):

Window emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19108…

Two People Hugging emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19109…

Beaver emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19110…

1
2019-04-09
23:14

Recent emoji proposals (𝋲/⧜):

Hut emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19102…

Teapot emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19103…

Flip-flop / Strap Sandal emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19104…

Bucket / Pail emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19105…

(Coming in thick and fast ... 12 proposals in 12 days)

1
2019-04-08
23:42

Recent emoji proposals (𝋱/⧜):

Matryoshka emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19096…

Wood emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19097…

Mirror emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19098…

Person Looking in Mirror emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19099…

(because the UTC is "reining it in while we can, as much as we can")

1
2019-04-03
15:16

Recent emoji proposals (𝋰/⧜):

Long Drum emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19090…

Cockroach emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19095…

2
2019-03-29
23:48

Recent emoji proposals (𝋯/⧜):

Accordion emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19087…

Sewing needle emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19088…

(and back to today)

1
2019-03-29
23:45

Recent emoji proposals (𝋮/⧜):

Cooking Pot emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19060…

Placard emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19061…

Piñata emoji unicode.org/L2/L2019/19062…

(clearing the January/February emoji backlog)

1
2019-03-29
23:40

Recent emoji proposals (𝋭/⧜):

Boomerang emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18331…

Bubble tea emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18341…

Worm emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18343…

(resuming this series at December 2018 after I gave up in despair)

1
2018-11-16
09:05

Recent emoji proposals (Ⅻ/⧜):

Wrapped Food in Leaf emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18325…

Hook emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18327…

Fondue emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18328…

Elevator and Flight of Stairs emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18329…

1
2018-10-24
21:44

Recent emoji proposals (⑪/⧜):

Fly emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18317…

Ladder Emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18320…

2
2018-09-25
20:08

Recent emoji proposals (⑩/⧜):

Disguised Face emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18311…

Coin Emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18310…

3
2018-08-30
20:35

Recent emoji proposals (9/2):

Capsicum emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18277…

2
2018-08-02
19:59

Recent emoji proposals (8/2):

Pickup truck emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18260…

Potted plant emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18261…

Tissue box emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18262…

2
2018-07-10
20:06

Recent emoji proposals (7/2):

Inhaler emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18215…

Magic Wand emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18218…

1
2018-06-08
09:21

Recent emoji proposals (6/2):

Ninja Emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18197…

Feather Emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18200…

Camouflage Helmet Emoji unicode.org/L2/L2018/18199…

1
2018-05-08
22:55

Recent emoji proposals (5/2):

Saw unicode.org/L2/L2018/18178…

Screwdriver unicode.org/L2/L2018/18179…

1
2010-04-25
21:28

Recent emoji proposals (4/2):

Kite unicode.org/L2/L2018/18135…

Pinch unicode.org/L2/L2018/18139…

Orangutan unicode.org/L2/L2018/18137…

Stethoscope unicode.org/L2/L2018/18140…

4
2018-04-19
10:56

Unicode Technical Committee docs with "emoji" in file name:


2006: 0/407

2007: 1/423

2008: 5/431

2009: 9/425

2010: 5/476

2011: 5/451

2012: 3/391

2013: 1/243

2014: 15/304

2015: 30/343

2016: 55/385

2017: 72/442

2018: 32/131


Somebody please extrapolate the emoji singularity for me.

3
2018-04-18
20:36

Recent emoji proposals (3/2):

Banjo unicode.org/L2/L2018/18124…

Oyster unicode.org/L2/L2018/18123…

Falafel unicode.org/L2/L2018/18125…

Juice unicode.org/L2/L2018/18130…

Yo-yo unicode.org/L2/L2018/18129…

Ringed planet unicode.org/L2/L2018/18127…

Skunk unicode.org/L2/L2018/18128…

1
2018-04-12
23:25

Recent emoji proposals (2/2):

Otter unicode.org/L2/L2018/18093…

Flamingo unicode.org/L2/L2018/18098…

Waffle unicode.org/L2/L2018/18087…

Butter unicode.org/L2/L2018/18112…

1
2018-04-12
23:25

Recent emoji proposals (1/2):

Auto Rickshaw unicode.org/L2/L2018/18086…

Stitting & Standing unicode.org/L2/L2018/18091…

Ballet unicode.org/L2/L2018/18113…

Iceberg unicode.org/L2/L2018/18111…

Blood Drop unicode.org/L2/L2018/18092…

1


Miscellaneous

Date Tweet Image Tweets
2018-12-31
14:25

No New Year's resolutions; no predictions for 2019; no complaints about what I failed to achieve this year; just my highlights of 2018 in eight tweets:

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