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The Lights of Canopus
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The Lights of Canopus


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Description Walters manuscript W.599 is an illuminated and illustrated copy of Anvar-i Suhayli (The lights of Canopus), dating to the 13th century AH/AD 19th. It is a Persian version of Kalilah wa-Dimnah (The fables of Bidpay). It was completed on 26 Jumadá I 1264 AH/AD 1847 by Mirza Rahim. The text is written in Nasta'liq 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.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1264 AH/AD 1847 (Qajar)
Medium
ink and pigments on paper bound between boards covered with lacquer
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.599
Measurements
Folio H: 13 3/4 x W: 8 7/16 in. (35 x 21.5 cm)
Geography
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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