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Anvar-i Suhayli

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Deccan (made)
    Golconda (probably, made)

  • Date:

    late 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and written in paint, gold and ink on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Manuscript folio verso (p. 334), paint and ink on paper, Anvar-i Suhayli Chapter IV Story VII, Karshinas the crow is discovered by the army of owls with plucked feathers and smeared with blood as part of his plan to deceive them.

Place of Origin

Deccan (made)
Golconda (probably, made)


late 16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted and written in paint, gold and ink on paper

Descriptive line

Painting, manuscript folio page, Anvar-i Suhayli, Karshinas the crow discovered by owl army, paint and ink on paper, Deccan, probably Golconda, late 16th century

Production Note

Husayn Va'iz al-Kashifi was the author of the Persian version of the Anvar-i Suhayli, written in the 15th century. Often called 'The Lights of Canopus' in English, these fables were originally composed in India and at some point were written in Sanskrit.


Paint; Ink; Paper; Gold


Painted; Written

Subjects depicted

Army; Crow; Owls


Paintings; Manuscripts; Illustration; Myths & Legends; Animals and Wildlife; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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