Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4379 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Eulogy to Victoria, Empress of India, by Kanhayya Lal


1 copy of Qaṣīdah-'i madḥīyah va tārīkhīyah dar tahnīyat va mubārak'bād va ḥuṣūl-i khiṭāb-i Qayṣar-i Hind by Kanhayyā Lāl Hindī

Illuminated scroll of a Persian qaṣīdah or eulogy consisting of 31 abyāt in mas̲navī form (rhyming couplets) in praise of Queen Victoria and her receipt of the title of ‘Qayṣar-i Hind’ (Empress of India) by the poet Kanhayyā Lāl (d. 1888; Executive Engineers' Well Workers, Lahore Division), written in 1877 following the title's proclamation in India at the Delhi Durbar of 1 January 1877, although Victoria officially took the title on 1 May 1876 after Prime Minister Disraeli pushed through the Royal Titles Act earlier that year

Oversize tooled and gilded leather tubular case (601 mm x 71 mm diameter), lined with purple watered silk, presently housing the scroll, does not match and most likely belongs to another, unidentified object. The case is inscribed: ‘ humble[sic] Address of the Municipal Corporation of Bombay 1878 ’

Language(s): Persian and English

Physical Description

Form: scroll
Extent: 1 folio
Dimensions (leaf): 820 × 313 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 19th century CE Lahore ; India


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