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Abstract

This is an illuminated and illustrated copy of Anvār-i Suhaylī (The lights of Canopus), dating to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. It is a Persian version of Kalīlah wa-Dimnah (The fables of Bīdpāy). It was completed on 26 Jumādá I 1264 AH / 1847 CE by Mīrzā Raḥīm. The text is written in nastaʿliq script in black and red ink, revealing the influence of shikastah script. There are 123 paintings illustrating the text. The Qajar binding is original to the manuscript.

Hand note

Written in nastaʿliq script, influenced by shikastah script, in black and red ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Losty, Jeremiah P. The Art of the Book in India. (London: British Library, 1982), 71, 87, 121-2.


Richard, Francis. Catalogue des manuscrits persans. (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1989), nos. 358a, 381-3.


Schmitz, Barbara, et al. Islamic and Indian Manuscripts and Paintings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. (New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1997) 58, no. 17.


Natif, Mika. “The SOAS Anvār-i Suhaylī: The Journey of a 'Reincarnated' Manuscript.” Muqarnas 25 (2008): 331-358.


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

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Keywords
Colophon
Illustration
Iran
Islamic
Persian
Qajar
Literature -- Prose
Original binding

Origin Place

Iran

Date

26 Jumādá I 1264 AH / 1847 CE

Form

book

Binding

Original Binding

Binding Description

Lacquer boards (no flap); decorated with flowers and birds

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

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Origin Place

Iran

Date

26 Jumādá I 1264 AH / 1847 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This is an illuminated and illustrated copy of Anvār-i Suhaylī (The lights of Canopus), dating to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. It is a Persian version of Kalīlah wa-Dimnah (The fables of Bīdpāy). It was completed on 26 Jumādá I 1264 AH / 1847 CE by Mīrzā Raḥīm. The text is written in nastaʿliq script in black and red ink, revealing the influence of shikastah script. There are 123 paintings illustrating the text. The Qajar binding is original to the manuscript.

Hand note

Written in nastaʿliq script, influenced by shikastah script, in black and red ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Losty, Jeremiah P. The Art of the Book in India. (London: British Library, 1982), 71, 87, 121-2.


Richard, Francis. Catalogue des manuscrits persans. (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1989), nos. 358a, 381-3.


Schmitz, Barbara, et al. Islamic and Indian Manuscripts and Paintings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. (New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1997) 58, no. 17.


Natif, Mika. “The SOAS Anvār-i Suhaylī: The Journey of a 'Reincarnated' Manuscript.” Muqarnas 25 (2008): 331-358.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Colophon
Illustration
Iran
Islamic
Persian
Qajar
Literature -- Prose
Original binding
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