Sunday, October 12, 2008

Or. 3714, folio 395 b

The official reason by which they keep the original manuscript locked up is that Or. 3714 is one of the rarest items in the Persian collection and really does have to be guarded against overuse. But the truth is this: it has Frogs, inside. And these Frogs, as written in the Babur Nama, "though otherwise like others, run 6 or 7 yards on the face of the water". It is easy to assume that they are Sufi Frogs.

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