Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Add MS 18579 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

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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 in.



Persian naskhī


One rich ʿunwān

Gold-ruled margins

1 illumination

36 miniatures in the best Indian style

f. 6r Anūshīrvān presented with the Book of Wisdom by Burzūyeh.

f. 20r A king visiting a sage in a cave.

f. 21r The treasure hoard in the cave shown to the king. Inscription: Pādshāh Salīm. Muḥammad Riẓā.

f. 36r The experienced hawk outwitted by a young hawk. Inscription: Salīm (dated 1013). Muḥammad Riẓā.

f. 40v Dābishlīm on his way to see Bīdpā'ī. Inscription: Yā Allah, ya Muḥammad and a verse. Āḳā Riẓā.

f. 41v Dābishlīm with Bīdpā'ī. Abu'l-Ḥasan.

f. 54v 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.

f. 63r The fox crushed between the two fighting goats. Mīrzā Ghulām.

f. 64v The jealous woman killed by the poison she intended for the young man. Mīrzā Ghulām.

f. 77v The plains near Baghdad where the animals were dominated by a lion. Durga.

f. 87v Dimnah with the ox.

f. 104r The sandpipers on their nest on the water while the simurgh leads the army of birds to their rescue.

f. 111v The ḳāẓī with the two men who found buried treasure. Durga.

f. 130v The devotee who helped the king to settle the petitioners' complaints. Anant.

f. 135r The darvīsh recognised by the passing Shaikh. Hariyā.

f. 146r The lioness in conference with the other animals. Ustād Ḥusain.

f. 169v The camelrider, the snake and the buffalo. Anant.

f. 197r The maiden in love with the king and his courtier. Anant.

f. 201v The crow deciding whether the owl should lead the assembly of birds. Ḥusain.

f. 209v The treacherous cat killing the partridge and quail. Hariyā?.

f. 218v The thief and dīv who conspired to steal the monk's buffalo. Dharmdās and Padārath.

f. 244v The thief preventing the monkey from stabbing ants on the king's body. Raḥmān Ḳulī.

f. 264r The devotee and his bride. Mohan.

f. 267r The man who killed the mongoose accidentally after it had saved his child's life. Anant.

f. 280v The lion killing the farmer's wife who had eloped with a prince. Nānhā.

f. 295r The old woman with a sick daughter and the bullock which got its head stuck in a cooking pot. Dharmdās.

f. 311v Fariseh the pious jackal with Kamju'i the lion. Mīrzā Ghulām.

f. 320r The Sultan of Baghdad and the Chinese girl entertained by musicians and a dancing girl. Bishndās.

f. 331v A young king drinking with his companions. Āḳā Riẓā.

f. 337r The lynx and the lion. Guhardās.

f. 338v The lynx looking at the dead leopard while the huntsman rides off with the leopard's skin. Salīm Ḳulī.

f. 339r The huntsman who took the leopard's skin killed by a fall from his horse. 'Abd al-Salīm.

f. 350v The laundryman and the crane. Mādhū.

f. 363r Hilār with his sons, Suhailī Yamanī and Māh-i Khutanī. Hilār's white elephant, camels and horse are in the foreground. Salīm Ḳulī.

f. 368v Sulaimān with the birds, animals and jinns.

f. 396r 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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