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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 530 - Kālidāsa - Raghuvaṃśa
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Indic Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Coll. 390, Item 530 - Kālidāsa - Raghuvaṃśa
Raghuvaṃśa, circa 1700-1850.
Physical description:
1 item (10 leaves) : paper ; 12 x 25 cm.
Manuscript used for recitation or contemplation and is comprised of the fourth of the total 19 chapters (sargas) of the work. Draws heavily from Hindu mythology and pantheons as well as assumes some knowledge of the storyline of the Rāmāyaṇa and its main characters and gives a genealogical account of Rāma's dynastic background and lineage. Work is full of rich, poetic imagery of flora and fauna and references to courtly life and Hindu dharma.
Title from title page (f. 1r).
Written in 7 lines per leaf.
10 leaves foliated 1-10, upper left and lower right verso.
Colophon: iti śrīraghuvaṃśemāhākāvye śrīkavikālidāsakṛtau dignijayonāmacaturthasargaḥ samāptaḥ śrīsāṃvasadāśivārpaṇamstumini āścinavadha 13 saumyavārasamāpto 'yaṃ // (f. 9v).
Mistakes covered over in yellow or blacked out; some corrections and additions in margins; significant syllables, words, or phrases highlighted in red throughout; vertical margins marked with double red line.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 390, Item 530
Contained in:
Collection of Indic Manuscripts. Item 530
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 390
Vernacular script:
रघुवंश, १७००-१८५०.
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