Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Elliott 254 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts Elliott Collection


The Akbar Bahāristān.

Language(s): Persian

Contains 6 miniature paintings with highly decorated borders and illuminations throughout.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 67
Dimensions (leaf):
Dimensions (written):



Script: Excellent Nastaʻlīq. Scribe: Ḥusayn 'Zarrīn-qalam'.



Origin: Dār al-Khilāfah Lāhūr (Lahore). ; 23rd Bahman Māh Ilāhī year 39 = AH 1003-1004.; 1595. CE

Provenance and Acquisition

The collections of Sir Gore Ouseley.

The collections of John Bardoe Elliott.

Presented to the Bodleian Library by J.B. Elliott, in 1859.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on: Beeston, A. F. L. (Alfred Felix Landon); Ethé, Hermann, 1844-1917.; Sachau, Eduard, 1845-1930; Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; at the Clarendon Press 1889-1953


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