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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 2747 - Atharvaśīrṣa
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Atharvaśīrṣa, circa 1700-1850.
Physical description:
1 item (2 leaves) : paper ; 11 x 24 cm.
In Sanskrit (Devanāgarī)
Manuscript is used for contemplation and study and is a quasi-philosophical Vedic treatise promoting the Sun (Sūrya) as one of the highest beings in the universe and the only deity visible to the naked eye; commonly employed in rites and ceremonies and morning prayer. Verses likely drawn from the Atharvaveda. Manuscript is incomplete.
Sun worship - India.
Rites and ceremonies - India.
Hindu philosophy.
Philosophy, Indic.
Form / Genre:
Manuals (instructional materials)
Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 18th century.
Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 19th century.
Manuscripts - India - 18th century.
Manuscripts - India - 19th century.
Title from colophon (f. 3v).
Written in 9 lines per leaf.
2 leaves foliated 2-3, upper left and lower right verso.
Colophon: ity atharvaśīrṣaṃsamāptaṃ // (f. 3v).
Mistakes covered over in yellow or blacked out; some corrections and additions in margins; metrical accents in red.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Listed in H.I. Poleman, Census of Indic Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New Haven, Conn.: American Oriental Society, 1938), Poleman 439 (UP 2747).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 390, Item 2747.
Contained in:
Collection of Indic Manuscripts. Item 2747
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 390
Vernacular script:
अथर्वशीर्ष, १७००-१८५०.

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Collection: Indic Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: Sanskrit
Century: 18th century
Century: 19th century
Date: 1700
Genre: Manuals (instructional materials)
Genre: Manuscripts - India - 18th century
Genre: Manuscripts - India - 19th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 18th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 19th century
Subject: Hindu philosophy
Subject: Philosophy, Indic
Subject: Rites and ceremonies
Subject: Sun worship
Geography: India
Page material: Paper