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Collection: Oriental Manuscripts; Persons: N/A; Event: N/A; Place: N/A; Category: Religion; Hinduism;; Description: One of two major Sanskrit epics of Ancient India, the Mahabharata tells the tale of a dynastic struggle between two sets of cousins for control of the Bharata kingdom in central India. One of the longest poems ever written, eclipsed only by the Gesar Epic of Tibet, it is said to have been composed between 900 and 400BCE by the sage Vyasa, although, in reality, it is likely to have been created by a number of individuals. To Hindus, it is important in terms of both dharma (moral law) and history (itihasa), as its themes are often didactic. This scroll dates to 1795CE and was donated to Edinburgh University in 1821 by Colonel Walker of Bowland. It is 13.5cm wide and 72m long and has 78 miniatures of varying sizes. All of the illustrations are in the late Mughul or Kangra style, with gold backgrounds and floral patterning in red, white and gold, as well as green leaves and blue diamond-shaped designs. Sources: http://www.brown.edà(accessed 16/06/14). http://www.britannià(accessed 16/06/14). A Lengthy Challenge: Photographing the Mahabharata Recently I was asked to scope the digitisation of a beautiful scroll we have in...
0068400c-300x210 Thus strangely are our souls constructed We had a fantastic time participating in Festival of Museums at the weekend! From photography...

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Collection: Oriental Manuscripts; Persons: N/A; Event: N/A; Place: N/A; Category: Religion; Hinduism;; Description: One of two major Sanskrit epics of Ancient India, the Mahabharata tells the tale of a dynastic struggle between two sets of cousins for control of the Bharata kingdom in central India. One of the longest poems ever written, eclipsed only by the Gesar Epic of Tibet, it is said to have been composed between 900 and 400BCE by the sage Vyasa, although, in reality, it is likely to have been created by a number of individuals. To Hindus, it is important in terms of both dharma (moral law) and history (itihasa), as its themes are often didactic. This scroll dates to 1795CE and was donated to Edinburgh University in 1821 by Colonel Walker of Bowland. It is 13.5cm wide and 72m long and has 78 miniatures of varying sizes. All of the illustrations are in the late Mughul or Kangra style, with gold backgrounds and floral patterning in red, white and gold, as well as green leaves and blue diamond-shaped designs. Sources: http://www.brown.edà(accessed 16/06/14). http://www.britannià(accessed 16/06/14). A Lengthy Challenge: Photographing the Mahabharata Recently I was asked to scope the digitisation of a beautiful scroll we have in...
Project team: Michael, Paul, Fiona, Aoife and Giulia PhD thesis digitisation project begins! Stock take completed, equipment purchased and staff in place: the digitisation of the Library’s PhD...

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