Excerpts from the Bhagavadgītā.

Record ID: 
182102
Accession number: 
MS W.15
Title: 
Excerpts from the Bhagavadgītā.
Created: 
India, perhaps Kashmir, 1780-1799.
Binding: 
Embroidered binding, red wool embroidered in flower motif with silver thread, doublures of embroidered gold brocade, contained in orange-brown morocco box-case, blind tooled with triple leaf clusters painted silver, stamped on spine: Indian MSS Panca Ratna 18th cent, signed 19 JPW 52.
Credit: 
Bequest of Julia Parker Wightman, 1994.
Description: 
175 leaves (1 column, 8 lines), bound : paper, ill. ; 32 x 32 mm.
Provenance: 
Purchased by Julia Parker Wightman in 1952; JPW 1554; Julia Parker Wightman Bequest in 1994.
Notes: 

Ms. excerpts from the Bhagavadgītā; written and illuminated in India, perhaps Kashmir, late 18th century.
The manuscript is cut to octagonal shape and fitted with an octagonal binding.
Textiles: gold brocade doublures, embroidered binding.
Decoration: 18 miniatures, framed in octagonal gold bands edged with floral motifs; all text pages framed with octagonal gold bands outlined in black ink and with outside outline in red ink.
Probably no. 678 in The History of bookbinding, 525-1950 A.D. : an exhibition held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, November 12, 1957, to January 12, 1958, organized by the Walters Art Gallery and presented in cooperation with the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, The Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, 1957.

Script: 
devanāgarī
Language: 
Sanskrit;
Century: 
Classification: