Anvar-i Suhayli انوار سهیلی

The Panchatantra is an ancient Indian collection of animal fables in verse and prose, arranged within a frame story between 500 BCE and 100 BC. It goes by many names in many cultures. Kalila wa Dimna is a translation into Arabic in 750 CE by Ibn Muqaffa a Persian scholar. A Persian rework by Kashefi known as Anvar-i Suhayli (The lights of Canopus)انوار سهیلی in 15th century. There on several versions of it were made in Persian, and part of these works are presented here.
The Anwar-i-Suhaili, written by Hussain Ali Waiz, is a Persian version of the Panchatantra. [Bull Introduced to Lion's Court] Present Location: Varanasi (Banaras), Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Kala Bhavan. Date: 1596 CE. Style: Indian. Manuscript: Anwari-i-Suhaili. Artist: Miskin

The Anwar-i-Suhaili, written by Hussain Ali Waiz, is a Persian version of the Panchatantra. [Bull Introduced to Lion's Court] Present Location: Varanasi (Banaras), Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Kala Bhavan. Date: 1596 CE. Style: Indian. Manuscript: Anwari-i-Suhaili. Artist: Miskin

Ants!, from Anvār-i Suhaylī, 1010. British Library

Ants!, from Anvār-i Suhaylī, 1010. British Library

Iranian Miniature - Kelile va Demne or Panchatantra in Persian

Iranian Miniature - Kelile va Demne or Panchatantra in Persian

Persian Miniature - Kelile va Demne or Panchatantra in Persian

Persian Miniature - Kelile va Demne or Panchatantra in Persian

Iranian Miniature - Kelile va Demne or Panchatantra in Persian

Iranian Miniature - Kelile va Demne or Panchatantra in Persian

A leaf of  Kalila wa Dimna in Persian, ca. 1333. Ink and opaque watercolors on paper, 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (32.4 x 22.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Lewis M. Fraad, 71.48 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 71.48_verso_IMLS_PS3.jpg)

A leaf of Kalila wa Dimna in Persian, ca. 1333. Ink and opaque watercolors on paper, 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (32.4 x 22.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Lewis M. Fraad, 71.48 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 71.48_verso_IMLS_PS3.jpg)

KALILA WA DEMNA in Persian Figure 2. The cobbler cuts off the nose of the barber’s wife. Naṣr-Allāh, Kalila o Demna. Ink, colors, and gold on paper. Jalayerid, ca. 1375–85. Istanbul, Topkapi Saray Library, MS pers. H. 362, fol. 36b. After O’Kane, 2003, pl. 28. – Encyclopaedia Iranica

KALILA WA DEMNA in Persian Figure 2. The cobbler cuts off the nose of the barber’s wife. Naṣr-Allāh, Kalila o Demna. Ink, colors, and gold on paper. Jalayerid, ca. 1375–85. Istanbul, Topkapi Saray Library, MS pers. H. 362, fol. 36b. After O’Kane, 2003, pl. 28. – Encyclopaedia Iranica

KALILA WA DEMNA in Persian Figure 3. Fanza refuses to return to the king. Naṣr-Allāh, Kalila o Demna. Ink, colors, and gold on paper. Baghdad (?), ca. 1460. Tehran, Golestān Palace Library, MS pers. 827, fol. 72b. – Encyclopaedia Iranica

KALILA WA DEMNA in Persian Figure 3. Fanza refuses to return to the king. Naṣr-Allāh, Kalila o Demna. Ink, colors, and gold on paper. Baghdad (?), ca. 1460. Tehran, Golestān Palace Library, MS pers. 827, fol. 72b. – Encyclopaedia Iranica

KALILA WA DEMNA in Persian. Figure 1. The thief is beaten in the bedroom. Naṣr-Allāh, Kalila o Demna. Ink, colors, and gold on paper. Jalayerid, ca. 1370–74. Fragment preserved in the Shah Tahmasp Album, Istanbul University Library, MS pers. F. 1422, fol. 24a. After O’Kane, 2003, pl. 4.– Encyclopaedia Iranica

KALILA WA DEMNA in Persian. Figure 1. The thief is beaten in the bedroom. Naṣr-Allāh, Kalila o Demna. Ink, colors, and gold on paper. Jalayerid, ca. 1370–74. Fragment preserved in the Shah Tahmasp Album, Istanbul University Library, MS pers. F. 1422, fol. 24a. After O’Kane, 2003, pl. 4.– Encyclopaedia Iranica

The well known story of the hare who tricks the lion into drowning by attacking his own reflection in the well. From Naṣr Allāh Munshī's Kalīlah va Dimnah in Persian dated 707/1307-8

The well known story of the hare who tricks the lion into drowning by attacking his own reflection in the well. From Naṣr Allāh Munshī's Kalīlah va Dimnah in Persian dated 707/1307-8

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