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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 3025 - Text on animal omens
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Indic Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Coll. 390, Item 3025 - Text on animal omens
Text on animal omens, 1700s.
Physical description:
1 item (7 leaves) : paper ; 11 x 15 cm.
The size of a pocket book, this manuscript most likely was carried by the jyotiṣī (astrologer) for consultation. It deals with the auspicious and inauspicious consequences of encountering different birds and animals. The usual term for omen in Sanskrit śakuna means "bird" as well as "omen". Omens have played and continue to play a significant role in people's lives, with many quite attentive to the significance of various animal sounds and movements, especially bird calls. Manuscript is incomplete.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Written in 6-9 lines per leaf.
7 leaves.
Significant syllables, words, or phrases highlighted in red throughout; text surrounds 24 highly detailed paintings of various sizes. Paintings are of landscapes with different animals, especially birds, but also lions, donkeys, dogs and other animals.
Previously had separate folios and is now bound on left side as a codex with blue European, marbled paper.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 390, Item 3025
Contained in:
Collection of Indic Manuscripts. Item 3025
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 390
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