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The Soas Anvār-I Suhaylī:The Journey Of A “Reincarnated” Manuscript

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This chapter talks about the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Anvār-i Suhaylī, its distinctive and unusual characteristics, and the questions these characteristics pose. It then links this codex to similar books that may shed light on it and explains its peculiarity. Next it demonstrates the existence of two different styles in the paintings, identifies the origin of these styles, and establishes a new chronology and history for the manuscript as a whole. The chapter also discusses these ideas in the broader context of the art of the book and considers their implications for our understanding of early-Akbar-period painting. Finally, it examines the physicality of the book and the style and layout of the paintings, which will serve as a key for understanding this manuscript and the early period of Mughal painting.

Keywords: early-Akbar-period; manuscript; Mughal painting; SOAS Anvār-i Suhaylī



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