Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 16166 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Two treatises on archery


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
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
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.





Poor nasta‘līq.


Headings and text frames and columns in red.


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


Origin: 18th century CE ; Murshidabad, Bengal

Provenance and Acquisition


Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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