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Object Number:20061B
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Indian
Provenience: India
Maker: Senapati
Ramalala
Larepace
Kabir
Senabhaga
Surdas
Date Made: 1858
Early Date: 1858
Late Date: 1858
Section:Asian
Materials:Paper
Leather
Gold Leaf
Technique:Tooled
Gilded
Pasted
Iconography:Poetry
Aphorisms
Rajaniti
Conduct of Kings
Canakyasastra
Rukmanimamgala
Inscription Language:Hindi
Nagari Script
Kaithi Script
Credit Line:Gift of Max Uhle, 1897
Other Number:M4 - Levitt Number
LO-1868-1 - Old Museum Number

Description

Mahratta Manuscript. In original native binding. Manuscript bound in book form in tooled leather with design on front and back cover. Leather colored red. Gold leaf used for part of design. Flap on right hand side of manuscript comes from back to close around the front. The front and back covers are now separate from the pages of the book. On the bottom of the spine there is pasted a piece of paper that reads, "Marathi MS." Written upside down on the last lined folio is the signature, "Lady William Bentinck." On the verso of the folio following this there is a list in two columns. Both manuscript and cover have worm holes, but these do not interfere with reading the text. Double dandas, parts of colophons, names of sections, and occasional refrains are in red. Mistakes covered over with red. Five lines, alternating in red and black, are ruled to the right and left of the text. The lines for the text itself are ruled in black, and continue for three and one-half folios after all text has ended. The text often continues, usually for a few words only, into the outer margins of the folios, running from either top to bottom or bottom to top. Colophons in Rajasthani.

Section A. Comments: For the probable identification of the text as the Canakyasastra of Senapati who was a member of the entourage of Govindasinha, see Nagaripracarini Sabha, Kasi, Hastalikhita Hindi Pustakom ka Samksipta Vivarana, vol.2 (kasi: Nagaripracarini sabha, 2021 [A.D.1964-1965]),p.589.

Section B. Comments: At end of text of Rukmanimamgala there are added a number of verses by Kabir, Senabhaga, Surdas, etc.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

4th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: Writing the East: History and New Technologies in the Study of Asian Manuscript Traditions (22 Oct 2011 - 22 Oct 2011) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Levitt, Stephan H. 1980. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Indic and Greater Indic Manuscripts in the Collection of the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania.. Philadelphia. The Library Chronicle. pg. 97-152 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 143 and FigureView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1897. "Collections and Publications". Bulletin of the Free Museum of Science and Art. Philadelphia. Vol. I. no. No. 2. pg. 72-86 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 85View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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