Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Add. 18579 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Anvār Sahīlī by 2 authors

A modernized version of Kalīlah va Dimnah ( کلىله و دمنه )

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 755-6.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 62-3.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 426 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.8 × 15.2



Persian naskhī


One rich ʿunwān

Gold-ruled margins

1 illumination

36 miniatures in the best Indian style

Anūshīrvān presented with the Book of Wisdom by Burzūyeh.

A king visiting a sage in a cave.

The treasure hoard in the cave shown to the king. Inscription: Pādshāh Salīm. Muḥammad Riẓā.

The experienced hawk outwitted by a young hawk. Inscription: Salīm (dated 1013). Muḥammad Riẓā.

Dābishlīm on his way to see Bīdpā'ī. Inscription: Yā Allah, ya Muḥammad and a verse. Āḳā Riẓā.

Dābishlīm with Bīdpā'ī. Abu'l-Ḥasan.

Ghānim carrying the stone lion up a mountain on his back. Dated 1013 and inscribed to Abu'l Muzaffar Sultān Salīm Shāh i.e. Jahāngīr. Muḥammad Riẓā.

The fox crushed between the two fighting goats. Mīrzā Ghulām.

The jealous woman killed by the poison she intended for the young man. Mīrzā Ghulām.

The plains near Baghdad where the animals were dominated by a lion. Durga.

Dimnah with the ox.

The sandpipers on their nest on the water while the simurgh leads the army of birds to their rescue.

The ḳāẓī with the two men who found buried treasure. Durga.

The devotee who helped the king to settle the petitioners' complaints. Anant.

The darvīsh recognised by the passing Shaikh. Hariyā.

The lioness in conference with the other animals. Ustād Ḥusain.

The camelrider, the snake and the buffalo. Anant.

The maiden in love with the king and his courtier. Anant.

The crow deciding whether the owl should lead the assembly of birds. Ḥusain.

The treacherous cat killing the partridge and quail. Hariyā?.

The thief and dīv who conspired to steal the monk's buffalo. Dharmdās and Padārath.

The thief preventing the monkey from stabbing ants on the king's body. Raḥmān Ḳulī.

The devotee and his bride. Mohan.

The man who killed the mongoose accidentally after it had saved his child's life. Anant.

The lion killing the farmer's wife who had eloped with a prince. Nānhā.

The old woman with a sick daughter and the bullock which got its head stuck in a cooking pot. Dharmdās.

Fariseh the pious jackal with Kamju'i the lion. Mīrzā Ghulām.

The Sultan of Baghdad and the Chinese girl entertained by musicians and a dancing girl. Bishndās.

A young king drinking with his companions. Āḳā Riẓā.

The lynx and the lion. Guhardās.

The lynx looking at the dead leopard while the huntsman rides off with the leopard's skin. Salīm Ḳulī.

The huntsman who took the leopard's skin killed by a fall from his horse. 'Abd al-Salīm.

The laundryman and the crane. Mādhū.

Hilār with his sons, Suhailī Yamanī and Māh-i Khutanī. Hilār's white elephant, camels and horse are in the foreground. Salīm Ḳulī.

Sulaimān with the birds, animals and jinns.

The prince in a pavilion at night with the shoemaker who kidnapped him. Mirzā Ghulām.


Bound in stamped leather


Origin: 1010 AH

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Ch. Rieu: Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum. London, 1879-1883


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