Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 16933/18 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts



1 copy of ʿArz̤ah dāsht

Petition to unnamed royal addressee (with chatr) by Mr Major (?) stating that matters of state have repeatedly been submitted. However, the matter of the drought and famine (qaḥaṭ [va] makhmaṣah) affecting this country (īn dayār) has not been expedited. As a result, many corpses/carcasses are evident in villages. Writer only able to amass the amount of 200,000 rps with extreme difficulty; deposited in the kothi of Jagat Seth, Khvushhal Chand, and Maharajah Udot Chand. A portion is dispatched with Budh Singh, the vakīl of Maharajah Shitab Ray Bahadur Mansurjang. Concludes with a prayer for the addressee (i.e. Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam)

Not dated

Narrow text panel of light zar afshānī or gold spray over a pale tinted ground; 2 upper cartouches (invocation and title) painted in gold; gold painted and dimpled chatr above title cartouche; sar lawḥ above text panel in shape of low arch, filled with symmetrical scrolling floral ornament; painted gold floral motifs in diaper, scale-like matrix on plain paper ground; narrow outer border; angled corner (bottom right)

Bonhams, Knightsbridge, Sale 22524 (5 Nov 2014, 10:30), Lot 18

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: leaf
Support: Individual documents attached together (along upper and lower edges) in scroll format
Extent: 1 f.
Dimensions (leaf): 483 × 193 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 18th century CE ; India


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