Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 16166 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Two treatises on archery

Contents

Manuscript containing two works and miscellaneous additions

1. ff 1v-5v

A brief treatise in verse, comprising eleven sections (faṣl), naming and describing the various grips employed by archers for holding the bow.

Neither title nor author's name is given.

Language(s): Persian
Filiation:
2. ff 7v-19r

A treatise on techniques of archery.

Colophon, f 19r. Copied at Murshidabad, Bengal. The copyist gives the date as Thursday 21 Jumādā l of the regnal year 6.

Language(s): Persian
Filiation:
3. ff 19v-35r
Title: Miscellany

f 19r, Persian verses; 19v, Dū-baytī;

ff 20r-27v, verses, some by Muḥammad Bāqir, mainly in praise of ‘Alī (some verses on 21r and 27v include letters with four dots and are thus probably in Bengali or Sindhi);

ff 28r-30v, Inchand chīz mūjib-i faqr ast: on actions that bring poverty;

ff 31r-33v, Urdu verses in praise of ‘Alī with the heading Manqibat;

ff 34v-35r, three narrations concerning the Prophet Noah, from three sources: al-Kisā’ī’s Arabic Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyā’; Sa‘dī’s Gulistān; and Kamāl-pāshāzāda’s Nigāristān.

Language(s): Mixed Persian, Urdu and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Rather thin oriental paper.
Extent: 35 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 165 × 112 mm.
Dimensions (written): 120 × 63 mm.

Condition

Layout

 

Hand(s)

Poor nasta‘līq.

Additions:

Headings and text frames and columns in red.

Binding

20th century green boards, with maroon spine and corners.

History

Origin: 18th century CE ; Murshidabad, Bengal

Provenance and Acquisition

2005-10-21

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.

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