Indian manuscript with paintings of Indian princesses.

Record ID: 
183093
Accession number: 
MS W.66
Title: 
Indian manuscript with paintings of Indian princesses.
Created: 
India, 18th cent.
Credit: 
Bequest of Julia Parker Wightman, 1994.
Description: 
7 leaves (2 columns, 14 lines), bound : paper, ill. ; 281 x 197 mm.
Provenance: 
Walter Schatzki, New York; purchased by Julia Parker Wightman from Schatzki in 1956; JPW 3050; Julia Parker Wightman Bequest in 1994.
Notes: 

Ms. Indian manuscript on composite paper with paintings of Indian princesses; written and illuminated in India, probably the 18th century.
Decoration: 7 painted portraits of Indian princesses, 1 calligraphic composition with illuminated motifs (fol. 7v).
Rectos have paintings of Indian princesses standing or seated in landscaped, bordered by unpainted gold-flecked cream-colored paper; versos have 2 columns, 14 lines of script, wide border of tan-colored paper pasted down in segments onto pasteboard backing.
Binding: 19th-century Kashmir lacquer covers, central rectangle of swirling gold and blue leaf and flower motifs on black background with colored flower cluster topped by 2 birds, framed with colored floral border on yellow ground between narrow red bands with gold designs. Doublures of blue lacquer with gold motrifs. In slipcase covered with stamped paper, white flowers on blue ground, by JPW.

Script: 
nasta'liq.
Language: 
Persian
Century: 
Classification: