The eMuseum website provides highly detailed images and brief descriptions of national treasures and important cultural properties held by the museums of Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara. A large number of Japanese artefacts together with earlier Chinese paintings and documents are presented. All the information on the site is available in five languages: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, English and French. Although the home page is only in Japanese, clicking on any of the icons for the different categories leads to an easy-to-use graphical interface in all five languages. Images are organised into the following categories: Japanese painting (11th-13th centuries and 15th-19th centuries); Chinese paintings (Song and Yuan dynasties); Swords and Blades; Others (includes Buddhist statues, votive and ritual objects and vessels); Buddhist sutras and Chinese classics; Japanese Classic and Historical documents; Japanese and Chinese calligraphy; Textiles. Once a category is selected the user is presented with a list of all objects within that section, which leads through to a more detailed record for each object. This contains a thumbnail image, information of an object's date, period, material and provenance and a brief description. Navigation buttons also allow the user to browse an entire section without returning to the initial list. The thumbnail image provides access to a larger version image of the object that can in turn be enlarged further and viewed in detailed segments. Certain objects on the website also have the option to view them from different angles using the 'Image Browser' option. The eMuseum website is easy to use (but also includes a multilingual 'how to use' section) and provides easy access to very high quality images of a large number of important objects.
The Islamic Manuscripts website, moderated by Professor Jan Just Witkam of Leiden University, provides inventories of major manuscript collections and a wealth of other information related to Islamic manuscripts. The website includes recent inventories of the Oriental manuscripts collections at Leiden University and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. It also has a reference library section, which gives access to digital versions of older catalogues of Islamic manuscripts from various European collections. In addition the reference library makes available many out-of-print or difficult to find articles and monographs related to Islamic manuscripts. Of particular interest to students of Islamic manuscripts and manuscript studies will be Professor Witkam's online course in Islamic palaeography, which provides an introduction to the subject as well as over 35 extracts from manuscripts in Arabic and Persian, with transcriptions and notes for students to guide them through different script styles. This website will be of particular interest to researchers and advanced students looking for catalogues and other information related to Islamic manuscripts.
This is the 22nd online edition of a selection of digitised manuscripts from the Schoyen Collection. The Schoyen Collection is a large private manuscript collection formed in the 20th century and held at the National Library of Norway, comprising over 13,000 manuscripts from all over the world and spanning over 5,000 years, from 3300 BC to 1500 AD. The checklist is well structured and has a good contents page with hyperlinks to the main collections organised by subject. Sections of particular interest to manuscript scholars include: Bibles; history; literature; bindings; pre-1450 printing; and palaeography. The manuscript descriptions are very full and include good quality images in both thumbnail and large screen formats. There is also a comprehensive introductory section giving an overview of the entire Schoyen Collection, including the chronological distribution of manuscripts, the distribution by countries and languages, and a list of manuscript scriptoria and provenances. Users will also find a bibliography related to the Schoyen Collection.
The website "Sch°yen Collection" is a private collection of manuscript items comprising most types of material and content from around the world, spanning over 5,000 years, owned by Martin Sch°yen. Containing 13,010 items, it is the largest private manuscript collection formed in the 20th century. This website comprises a detailed checklist of manuscripts arranged by subject, chronology, country, and provenance. About 600 manuscripts are explained in detail with images of sample pages. These manuscripts include examples of patristic literature, writings on world religions, mathematical tables, and some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Smaller collections that may be previewed over the Internet deal with subjects such as Roman military diplomas, slavery, wine and beer, and literary letters.
The Naxi Manuscript Collection from the National Library of Congress is now available in a digitised form as an online resource. The Naxi people, from Yunnan Province in Mainland China, still use a pictographic writing system (the only living pictographic language still in existence), examples of which are held by the National Library of Congress in the largest such collection in the world. The collection of manuscripts has been divided into 14 sections, covering: sacrifices; ancestral worship; ceremonies; and ghosts and spirits. Users can search the collection by keywords (such as: author; title; or item ID), or can browse through the collection by title or by subject. Searches reveal a thumbnail image of the item (which can by enlarged by clicking on it), and its cataloguing terms (including date of creation and links to related items in the collection). The collection also includes a 39 1/2 foot long funerary scroll, Journey to Heaven, which can be viewed by section or in its entirety. In addition to the Naxi source materials, the main page also links to a bibliography of printed resources, details of the digital preservation of the manuscripts, and a full-length introduction to the collection and the Naxi people. This online resource would be of value to any researcher or student with an interest in ancient Chinese text, and more particularly scholars of China's 'minority nationalities'.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project to “document, consolidate, catalogue and make accessible” the rare Tibetan and Mongolian books (centred on those acquired by the Younghusband Mission to Tibet in 1903–4) in the University Library Cambridge, the British Library and the Bodleian. As well as conservation and cataloguing of these collections (little exploited since being removed from Tibet) a key aim of the project is to allow the virtual reconstruction of incomplete texts and series and reunite works across the three institutions with companion pieces in Tibet. With the Mongolian collections, a catalogue of blockprints and manuscripts at the British Library has been created, which will form the basis of a Union Catalogue of Mongolian Resources. The website describes the project in some detail and links to the Catalogue of Tibetan Manuscripts and Blockprints.