This is an ancient prayer book written in Sanskrit with gorgeous full color Indian dietys pictured in front. Krishna, Ganesh and Shiva. It has been used alot and the cloth on board cover is near threadbare. One side of the cover is not contected to the book any longer.
The inside pages are clean and crisp; easy to read. It is handwritten on waxy paper. It is endearing to see some side notes and markings, and some white corrections made to cover mistakes in the writing. Most pages are intact, a couple loose. It looks like there may have been another page with the pictures but it is long gone.
4-1/2" x 7" x 3/4" thick.
Approx. 133 handwritten pages of text and 3 full color painted panels.
19th century or earlier
Similarly illuminated and illustrated manuscripts can be found in John Guy, Palm-leaf and paper: illustrated manuscripts of India and Southeast Asia (Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 1982) pp. 37-38; in Manuscripts from the Himalayas and the Indian subcontinent. Catalogue 17 (London: Sam Fogg Rare Books, 1996), pp. 47-48; and in B. N. Goswamy, The word is sacred, sacred is the word: the Indian manuscript tradition (New Delhi: Niyogi Books, 2006), pp. 218-221.