The lights of Canopus, An impoverished chamberlain of the king of Yemen steals a golden goblet, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.599, fol.148a

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The lights of Canopus, An impoverished chamberlain of the king of Yemen steals a golden goblet, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.599, fol.148a

This is an illuminated and illustrated copy of Anvār-i Suhaylī (The lights of Canopus), dating to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. It is a Persian version of Kalīlah wa-Dimnah (The fables of Bīdpāy). It was completed on 26 Jumādá I 1264 AH / 1847 CE by Mīrzā Raḥīm. The text is written in nastaʿliq script in black and red ink, revealing the influence of shikastah script. There are 123 paintings illustrating the text. The Qajar binding is original to the manuscript.


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