A Compilation and Study of the Postscripts of Dunhuang Manuscripts Collected by Chen Yin
ZHU Fengyu;Department of Chinese Literature,Jiayi University;
The scattered manuscripts of Dunhuang are a mysterious and complicated focal point in the academic history of modern China. Most collectors of such manuscripts are very fond of cultural relics and good at identifying and appreciating them, besides possessing an aptitude for calligraphy and a concentration on academic research. The postscripts of the scattered manuscripts from Dunhuang frequently record how the manuscripts were collected, review their calligraphy, or include a discussion of their contents and value. These documents are therefore of inestimable academic value for the field of Dunhuang studies.Chen Yin, who served in Gansu in the early period of the Republic of China, amassed an impressive collection of Dunhuang manuscripts, especially those of the best calligraphy from past dynasties, and wrote a postscript at the end of each one commenting on the calligraphy. The contents of his collection, however, have since been either scattered or lost altogether. The author presents here a compilation of the 14 manuscripts complete with Chen Yin's postscript that have been recovered so far and discusses the issues touched upon in the postscripts, hoping to provide reference for studying scattered Dunhuang manuscripts, identifying forgeries, and dating Dunhuang manuscripts.