Persian MS 882 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)
Two works by two authors on the subject of Elephants
A series of questions and answers on the origins of the elephant and the first mahouts
A prose manual on elephant husbandry. This is not the better-known masnavī by Rāhī
A multilingual list of nouns - perhaps names of famous elephants.
Black ink, nastaliq. Rubrication in red.
Frequent half-page paintings. The compositions are simple and monscenic, usually depicting one or two humans and an elephant.
Leather on pasteboard.
Provenance and Acquisition
Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.
Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s.
Funding of Cataloguing
Iran Heritage Foundation, the John Rylands Research, and the Soudavar Foundation