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Ms. Indic 5 - Mahābhārata
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Indic Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Indic 5 - Mahābhārata
Mahābhārata. Selections.
Mahābhārata, circa 1800-1899.
Physical description:
1 item (227 leaves) : paper ; 11 x 18 cm.
Contains five texts from the Mahābhārata and includes a full version of the Bhagavadgītā; the final text is incomplete.
Title from the colophons of four of the texts (f. 128r-v, 162v, 188r-v, 204v); the Mahābhārata is alternatively referred to as the Śatasahasrasaṃhitā in the colophons of four of the texts (f. 128r-v, 162v, 188r-v, 204v).
Written in 6 lines per leaf.
227 leaves foliated 5-79, [i], 80-132, [i], 1-32, [i], 1-24, [i-ii], 1-14, [i-ii], 1-21, contemporary foliation in ink upper left verso; [1-127], modern foliation in pencil lower right recto. References in this record are to modern foliation.
This manuscript is likely Kashmiri in origin and most likely dates to the 19th century.
There are a number of illustrated miniatures with scenes from the Mahābhārata, the titles and opening text of four of the five texts have thick borders and are decorated with floral or shell patterns.
Mistakes covered over in yellow, some corrections in margins, introduction of speech in red ink, orange border surrounding text.
Non-Latin script record.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Indic 5
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Indic 5
Vernacular script:
महाभारत, १८००-१८९९.
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