An Illuminated Folio From an 18th Century Bhagvad Gita Manuscript

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An Illuminated Folio From an 18th Century Dispersed Bhagvad Gita Manuscript The folio has been framed to allow full viewing both front and verso. The matting and borders on both sides are fine raw silk. This manuscript was illustrated by Sri Narayan Nilkanth circa 1730 AD. The script is in Devanagiri and the text in Sanskrit This folio has been illustrated in contextual reference to the relevant text on the page. On the front of the page, two scholars are in discussion in front of a mendicant who takes a draw on a hookah, probably in deep thought prior to giving a judgment to the two scholars. On the reverse is illustrated a flat horizontal strip of ocean depicting a huge fish with terrorizing jaws approaching a swimmer who seems to be lost in the huge ocean. The Bhagavad Gita, literally meaning The Song of the Bhagaven, often referred to simply as the Gita, is a 700 verse Hindu sacred scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata and contains lessons spoken by Lord Krishna including selflessness, duty, devotion, and meditation integrating many different threads of Hindu philosophy. The Bhagvad Gita is a composition of the most sacred scriptures of ancient India and contains lessons spoken by Lord Krishna during dialogue with the warrior Aruina. The entire manuscript consists of different chapters dealing with various subjects Dimensions: Frame—23 X 17 Folio----9 ¾ X 15 3/4