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Illuminated manuscripts

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Found in 191 Collections and/or Records:

Or Ms 391: مرآة الجنان و عبرة اليقظان في معرفة حوادث الزمان Mirʼāt al-janān wa-ʻibrat al-yaqẓān fī maʻrifat ḥawādith al-zamān, undated copy (original text composed 14th cent. C.E.)

Identifier: Or Ms 391
Scope and Contents Annals of Islam from years 1 to 750 A.H. (622-1349 C.E.) by ʻAbd Allāh ibn Asʻad Yāfiʻī, d.1367. The first year of the Hijrah begins on fol. 2a, the 750th on fol. 421 b. On the back of the binding it is called Ta'rīkh Yāfiʻī.Fols. 428, illuminated frontispiece; each page bordered by a small gilt stripe; headings in red; slightly injured in some places; various readings, glosses, and additions on the margin and occasional corrections in the text. These...
Dates: undated copy (original text composed 14th cent. C.E.)

Or Ms 394: احیاء علوم الدیّن Iḥyāʾ ʿulūm al-dīn, 781 A.H., 1379 C.E.

Identifier: Or Ms 394
Scope and Contents The famous Arabic work on ethics by the great Shafi'ite Imām Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad bin Muḥammad al-Ghazzālī of Ṭūs 450-505 A.H. (1058-1111 C.E.), whose honorific title was Ḥujjat-al-Islām "The Proof of Islam”, with a lacuna of six leaves (according to the Arabic pagination) between fols. 169 and 170. It is divided into four quarters or sections, each subdivided into ten books.The present copy is 30 cm by 18.5 cm and has 505 folios, it is written in excellent old Naskh, fully pointed; numerous...
Dates: 781 A.H.; 1379 C.E.

Or Ms 400: شرح الشّافیّة Sharḥ al-Shāfiyyah, undated copy

Identifier: Or Ms 400
Scope and Contents Fragment of an Arabic commentary on Ibn Ḥājib's (died 646 A.H., 1248 C.E.) treatise on Arabic inflections, called al-Shāfiyyah. As there is no beginning or end to this copy, it has not been ascertained which of the numerous commentaries it is.It includes many annotations on the margin; small illuminated frontispieces on fols. 12b, 27b, 85a, 134a, and 159b; each page is bordered by small stripes of gold and other colours; the original text is overlined in...
Dates: undated copy

Or Ms 407: بحر الانساب Baḥr al-ansāb, 1011 A.H., 1602-1603 C.E.

Identifier: Or Ms 407
Scope and Contents The title translating as "The Sea of Generations," this is the Persian version of a history of the families of the ancestors of Muḥammad from Adam downwards, of himself, of the first six Caliphs, and the Shi'i Imāms. The translator, Muḥammad Ja'far Ḥusaynī of Mecca, states in the preface that the Arabic original was the work of his own father. It is written in very simple style, illustrated with numerous family tables, and in the part dealing with the history of Muḥammad and his ancestors a...
Dates: 1011 A.H.; 1602-1603 C.E.

Or Ms 510: Mahābhārata, illustrated manuscript scroll, 1795 C.E.

Identifier: Or Ms 510
Scope and Contents A monumental epic (or perhaps more correctly a ‘chronicle’) dated as a text to about 400 BCE – 400 CE, the Mahābhārata consists of dramatic narrative and sermonising didactic on ethics and moral law (dharma) as played out in the lives of two groups of dynastic cousins who fought over control of Bhāratavarṣa, present day central north India. It is one of the two major epics of ancient India, the...
Dates: 1795 C.E.

Or Ms 674 Bhagavad-Gita illustrated miniature scroll, 1876 V.S. (1819-1820 C.E.)

Identifier: Or Ms 674
Scope and Contents A miniature illustrated scroll of the Bhagvadgita, from the Bhisma-parva of the Mahabharata, with 22 illuminations. inside round and ovular cartouches framed in gold, across the length of the scroll.The four illustrations that open the manuscript, appearing above the beginning of the text, are identical to those at the opening of Or Ms 675, a miniature illustrated scroll of the ...
Dates: 1876 V.S. (1819-1820 C.E.)

Or Ms 675 Devi-Mahatmya illustrated miniature scroll, undated [1876 V.S., 1819-1820 C.E.]

Scope and Contents A miniature illustrated scroll of the Devi-Mahatmya, also called Durga-patha and Candi, on the exploits of the goddess Durga (from the Markandeya-purana). It includes 19 illustrations, inside round and ovular cartouches framed in gold, across the length of the scroll.The four illustrations that open the manuscript, appearing above the beginning of the text,...
Dates: undated [1876 V.S., 1819-1820 C.E.]

Or Ms 732: Siḥr-i ḥalāl (Licit Magic), undated

Identifier: Or Ms 732
Scope and Contents This is a fragment of Siḥr-i ḥalāl (Licit Magic), a Persian Sufi allegory in the masnavī style (composed in rhyming couplets), by Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf Ahlī Shīrāzī (858-942 A.H./ 1454-1535 or 1536 C.E.). The volume is written in fine nasta‘līq and on hand-coloured (orange, pink) or marbled paper with a polychrome frontispiece and headings and frames in gold throughout. It is in a later binding that...
Dates: undated

Single page of a musical manuscript with illustrations, 1600

Identifier: Coll-1848/18-0063/1
Scope and Contents Single page from a musical manuscript - possibly an antiphonary. There is an illustration on the top left representing Saint Peter holding a key. The margins are decorated with cherubs and floral motives. The words under the music read as follows: Nunc scio vere quia misit dominus angelum suum, et eripuit me de manu herodis et...A note on the back of the page indicates a Spanish origin: Este libro mando acer la Madre [soror] Dona...
Dates: 1600

The Scottish Psalter, 1566, Wode's MS, illustrated Vol. I. Tenor; II.Treble; III. Bass, 1566

Identifier: La.III.483
Scope and Contents Illustrated Scottish metrical psalter in three volumes dated 1566, on paper, that belonged to Thomas Wode, vicar of St Andrews. These are the first three partbooks of the first set of the work known as 'The Wode Psalter', and contains the cantus, tenor and bassus. For a more detailed description, see the following website:
Dates: 1566