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[Kashmiri literary manuscript]

Kashmir, India, c. 1800
Kashmir, India, c. 1800

4to. (20.2 x 12.7 cm); a Kashmiri literary manuscript. In rubbed red leather binding; stamped in blind; with worn paper label to spine. 31 paintings and 1 illumination. Contents somewhat soiled and repaired in places. Hafiz Shirazi @ Quzvin - Iran. (Hijri 1121) Coloured plates in order: 1. Man with donkey / Ruler standing before his council. 2. Royal lady sitting in a tent, attended by servants. 3. Ruler lying down, attended by two ladies. 4. A doctor seeing to a patient. 5. Wiseman, with another man and animals. 6. Ruler dispensing wisdom to some members of his harem. 7. Ruler and a Wiseman. 8. Ruler and his Queen. 9. Members of the Royal Court. 10. A public meeting. 11. A Wiseman giving council to men of the Royal Court. 12. Members of the harem. 13. A lady of the court and her servant, a goat at her feet. 14. A Royal meeting. 15. Ruler meets with a soothsayer (?), various animals in attendance. 16. Wiseman and his audience. 17. Man meets another man outside his house. 18. Man embraces a dog, while a woman watches from a nearby window. 19. Man on horseback, attended by a servant on foot. 20. A bowl is brought to the Ruler, sat upon his throne by a servant. 21. Ruler and his Queen converse. 22-23. Members of the court converse. 24. Ruler meets with other members of the court. 25. Ladies bathing. 26. Queen, with her servants. 27. Wiseman and scholars. 28. Wiseman and his audience of men. 29. Wiseman and woman. 30. Members of the court. 31. Wiseman and two men. 32. Small highly decorated illumination.