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Selections from the Naxi Manuscript Collection

features 185 manuscripts and a 39 1/2-foot funerary scroll of the Naxi people of Yunnan Province, China. This is the largest collection of Naxi writings outside of China and is considered among the finest in the world. The Naxi use a unique pictographic writing system. It is the only living pictographic language in the world today. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

In 1941 the Library of Congress obtained a major portion of its Naxi manuscript collection—1,073 Naxi manuscripts—from Quentin Roosevelt II, Harvard graduate and grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt.
A Naxi manuscript of a warrior riding a white cow.

Riding a white cow


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