Dunhuang Manuscripts in digital form collected by France are published officially


Recently, Dunhuang Manuscripts in digital form collected by the National Library of France (NLF) were published officially in "Chinese Ancient Books Resources Database" of the National Library of China (NLC) website. These resources included more than 5,300 pieces of more than 31,000 shots of Dunhuang manuscripts . Readers could log in the NLC website for retrieval and full-text browsing,

There were more than 7,000 pieces of Dunhuang Manuscripts collected by the NLF, including more than 2,700 pieces of Chinese documents, more than 4,000 pieces of Tibetan documents, and other valuable documents in Sanskrit, Uighur, Khotanese, Sogdian, Hebrew, etc. The resources published this time included the earliest surviving rubbing documents, such as Wen Quan Ming (transliteration) by Emperor Taizong of Tang Dynasty , Hua Du Si Gu Seng Yong Chan Shi She Li Ta Ming (transliteration) and Sha Zhou Du Du Fu Tu Jing (transliteration) by Ouyang Xun, and so on, which had always been paid great attention by Dunhuang studies.

In 2015, the NLF donated Forty Scenes of the Yuanmingyuan to the NLC, and both sides achieved new cooperation intention that the NLF donated all of Dunhuang Manuscripts in high-definition digital form to the NLC. With the joint efforts of both sides, after two years, these Dunhuang manuscripts were "returned" from the NLF in digital form and were available online.

The NLC (China National Center for Preservation & Conservation of Ancient Books) has been devoting to construction, sharing and publication of ancient books in digital form. Up to present, there have been 25,768 ancient books of more than 10 million shots published in "Chinese Ancient Books Resources Database", with Dunhuang Manuscripts in digital form collected by the NLF included.




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