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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 921 - Kaṭha
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Indic Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Coll. 390, Item 921 - Kaṭha
Upanishads. Kaṭhopaniṣad.
Kaṭha, circa 1700-1850.
Physical description:
1 item (5 leaves) : paper ; 10 x 25 cm.
Manuscript is used for contemplation, study and recitation, and is a Hindu or Late Vedic philosophical treatise presented as a dialogue between a father Vājraśrava, and his son Niciketas; the work addresses early concepts of the Self (ātman), as well as addressing and offering interpretation of early social and ritual action. Manuscript has some kind of brief commentary written in the margins of the first two folios (f. 1v-2r).
Title from title page (f. 1r).
Written in 8-10 lines per leaf.
10 leaves foliated 1-10, upper left and lower right verso.
Colophon: iti tṛtīyāvallī adhyāyaścaprathamaḥ samāptaḥ śubhaṃ śiva // (f. 5v).
Mistakes blacked out; some corrections and extensive additions in margins; some folios treated with yellow turmeric powder to protect the manuscript from insects.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 390, Item 921
Contained in:
Collection of Indic Manuscripts. Item 921
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 390
Vernacular script:
कठ, १७००-१८५०.
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