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W.692, Single leaf from Anvar-i Suhayli by Khashifi


This illustration is from a Mughal manuscript copy of Anvār-i Suhaylī (The lights of Canopus), a collection of fables by Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī Vāʿiẓ Kāshifī (d. 910 AH / 1504-5 CE). It dates to the late tenth century AH / sixteenth CE or early eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE. The text narrates the fate of a man who, escaping from a wild camel, jumps into a well. There his predicament grows even more precarious when he lands on the heads of four snakes, grasps in desperation at a bush gnawed by two rats, and looks down to see dragon waiting to devour him should he fall.

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    1. fol. W.692a

      W.692, fol. W.692a
    2. fol. W.692b

      W.692, fol. W.692b

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