COLOPHON OF MANUSCRIPTS

Usually manuscripts will have an end note which is termed as colophon. In some instances, manuscripts without colophon were also seen. A colophon may be as simple as to mention only title of the work or may provide information about the poet/author, his titles, patronage etc. Usually colophons are seen in the end of sections/cantos also. These intermediately colophons are simple and will give the details like the name of the work and the section. The colophon at the end of first section will give more details than others.

A colophon at the end of a work may contain one of two or several or all of the following items.

  1. Title of the work
  2. Name of the author
  3. Name of the Parents
  4. Teacher’s name
  5. Place of the author
  6. Name of the patron
  7. Date of the completion of the work in cyclic year
  8. Grantha saṅkhyā
  9. Name of the scribe
  10. Place of scribe

Sometimes, colophon will play a vital role in identifying the work and the author. Colophon is termed as “Puṣpikā” or “Grantha Puṣpikā” in Sanskrit.

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