MS. Huntington 598 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)
Oriental Manuscripts Huntington Collection
Language(s): Pre-Classical Chaghatay written in the post-Mongol or Timurid version of the Old Uyghur script
The ordering of the folios in the middle section of this item may be slightly out of order and awaits further research.
Single column/row of 15 lines per page, meant to be read from top to bottom, left to right.
Script: Splendid cursive Uyghur characters. Scribe: Manṣūr Baḫšï -- baḫšï being an Old Uyghur and Mongol title which, in the Timurid context, seems primarily to have denoted a member of the class of Turkic- and Mongol-language scribes and functionaries.
Illuminated frontispiece. This was likely prepared for an Arabic-script text as is stands at what would have been the top of the page had the manuscript not been written in the Uyghur script.
Provenance and Acquisition
The collections of Robert Huntington, d. 1701.
Purchased by the Bodleian Library in 1693.
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