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Sanskrit Manuscript (unidentified), leaf, fol. no. 15

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Sanskrit Manuscript (unidentified), leaf, fol. no. 15


Artist Nationality
Indian (South Asian)

Object Creation Date
circa 1740

Medium & Support
red and black ink on paper

4 1/4 in x 10 1/16 in (10.8 cm x 25.5 cm)

Credit Line
Anonymous Gift

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Even after paper was commonly used in India, many manuscripts were still produced in a horizontal format, imitating the shape of earlier palm-leaf pages. This page may be from an astronomical manual; the elements in red separate the verses of the text and number them from forty through forty-four.
The vertical format for books was based on Islamic models and first seen in manuscripts produced for Islamic rulers in north India.
Exhibited in "Divine Encounters, Earthly Pleasures: Twenty Centuries of Indian Art," 12/12/03-2/22/04.

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