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Illuminated manuscripts

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Found in 194 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.)

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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....
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.

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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...
Dates: 781 A.H.; 1379 C.E.

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

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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...
Dates: undated copy

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

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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 469: Shāh u darvīsh, 965 A.H., 1557-58 C.E.

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Identifier: Or Ms 469
Scope and Contents Shāh u darvīsh, also known as Shāh u gidā / gadā, (King and Beggar), is an allegorical mas̲navī by Badr al-Dīn Hilālī Jughatāʾī, also known as Astarābādī, (b. Astarābād, ca. 874 A.H. /1470 C.E.; d. Herat, 936 A.H. /1529 C.E.). Its treats an innocent love between a poor pupil of a seminary and his princely classmate.The text of the present copy begins: ای وجود تو اصل هر موجود / هستی...
Dates: 965 A.H.; 1557-58 C.E.

Or Ms 470: تاریخ احمدشاهی Tārīkh-i Aḥmadshāhī, undated (c. 1200 A.H. / 1800 C.E.)

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Identifier: Or Ms 470
Scope and Contents This chronicle was compiled by Maḥmūd b. Ibrāhīm al-Ḥusaynī al-Jāmī for Aḥmad Shāh Durrānī (also known as Abdālī, r. 1747-73), a commander under Nādir Shāh Afshār (1688 - 1747 C.E) and his successor as ruler, and who is often considered to be the founder of Afghanistan.The work is styled to be reminiscent of Mīrzā Mahdī Astarābādī’s Durrah-yi Nādirah while referring to the Shāhnāmah. The work combines both verse...
Dates: undated (c. 1200 A.H. / 1800 C.E.)

Or Ms 472: Account of Ahmedabad and its buildings, 1272 A.H., 1855 C.E.

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Identifier: Or Ms 472
Scope and Contents A work complied by Muḥammad Ḥusayn al-Dīn, the qāz̤ī of Ahmadabad, and dedicated to Mountstuart Elphinstone as a gift upon his trip to the city on December 22nd,1855 C.E.This is a decorative manuscript, fitting broadly with the characteristics of the muraqqa' (album) genre. The support is paper tinted in bold pink and bound in a concertina-like fashion. The outer margin of each page features text detailing the...
Dates: 1272 A.H.; 1855 C.E.
Illuminated excerpt of the Mahābhārata scroll [Please click twice to see the full scroll]
Illuminated excerpt of the Mahābhārata scr...

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

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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 [Please click twice to see more pictures]
Or Ms 674: Bhagavad-Gita illustrated minia...

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

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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 [Please click twice to see more pictures]
Or Ms 675: Devi-Mahatmya illustrated minia...

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

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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...
Dates: undated [1876 V.S., 1819-1820 C.E.]