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Auction archive: Lot number 163

INDIAN CARE OF HORSES – "Shalihotra Samhita," in a dialect of Hindi, illustrated manuscript on paper, North-west India, 19th century.

Estimate
US$5,000 - US$8,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 163

INDIAN CARE OF HORSES – "Shalihotra Samhita," in a dialect of Hindi, illustrated manuscript on paper, North-west India, 19th century.

Estimate
US$5,000 - US$8,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

INDIAN CARE OF HORSES – "Shalihotra Samhita," in a dialect of Hindi, illustrated manuscript on paper, North-west India, 19th century. 230 x 180mm. 55 leaves + 2 blanks, ruled in black and red, 21 painted miniatures, later ink recipe annotations (some leaves bound upside down; light dampstain affecting first 30 leaves, marginal paper repairs affecting text on 14 leaves, a few leaves with edges silked, one leaf strengthened with plastic film to repair tear). Modern Indian printed cloth. A strikingly illustrated 19 th century manuscript excerpt of the "Shalihotra," a classic of Ayurvedic hippiatry attributed to the legendary founder of Indian veterinary science. Horses were a vital part of Indian culture, and a tradition of hippiatry developed in parallel to human medicine: the sage Shalihotra was said to have been educated alongside Agnivesha—one of the earliest authors on Ayurvedic medicine. Shalihotra’s treatise on the care and breeding of horses was translated into many languages and edited into many recensions.This manuscript contains twenty-one detailed illustrations of horses in various states of distress, with one—depicting a horse being led by a male figure—heightened in gold. It is written in at least four hands, and may represent a “core” recension of the text with additional medical knowledge added over time. Several later manuscript annotations in blue ink and pencil record herbal recipes for analgesics and other cures, while the upper corner on one leaf bears a talismanic square made up of an Arabic prayer.

Auction archive: Lot number 163
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2017
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
Beschreibung:

INDIAN CARE OF HORSES – "Shalihotra Samhita," in a dialect of Hindi, illustrated manuscript on paper, North-west India, 19th century. 230 x 180mm. 55 leaves + 2 blanks, ruled in black and red, 21 painted miniatures, later ink recipe annotations (some leaves bound upside down; light dampstain affecting first 30 leaves, marginal paper repairs affecting text on 14 leaves, a few leaves with edges silked, one leaf strengthened with plastic film to repair tear). Modern Indian printed cloth. A strikingly illustrated 19 th century manuscript excerpt of the "Shalihotra," a classic of Ayurvedic hippiatry attributed to the legendary founder of Indian veterinary science. Horses were a vital part of Indian culture, and a tradition of hippiatry developed in parallel to human medicine: the sage Shalihotra was said to have been educated alongside Agnivesha—one of the earliest authors on Ayurvedic medicine. Shalihotra’s treatise on the care and breeding of horses was translated into many languages and edited into many recensions.This manuscript contains twenty-one detailed illustrations of horses in various states of distress, with one—depicting a horse being led by a male figure—heightened in gold. It is written in at least four hands, and may represent a “core” recension of the text with additional medical knowledge added over time. Several later manuscript annotations in blue ink and pencil record herbal recipes for analgesics and other cures, while the upper corner on one leaf bears a talismanic square made up of an Arabic prayer.

Auction archive: Lot number 163
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2017
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
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