Masnavi or Sihr ul Bayan [The Enchanting Story]

Material Information

Masnavi or Sihr ul Bayan [The Enchanting Story]
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
Badr-i Munīr meeting Benazīr.
Added title page title:
Enchanting Story
Ḥasan, Mīr, active 18th century
Gift of Lt-Col. D.C.Philott
Place of Publication:
Delhi, India
Publication Date:
Opaque watercolour, gold and ink on paper ( medium )
H17.6 x W9.9 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
एशिया -- भारत -- दिल्ली राष्ट्रीय राजधानी क्षेत्र -- दिल्ली
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- India -- National Capital Territory of Delhi -- Delhi
28.65381 x 77.22897


This Urdu poem was written by Mīr Ḥasan in 1785 and dedicated to the ruler of Oudh Asaf ud-Daula (r. 1775-97). The hero of the story is Benazīr, who is captured by a Fairy on his twelfth birthday. He falls in love with the beautiful princess Badr-i Munīr. After a painful separation the pair are finally reunited. This miniature (fol. 42v) shows Badr-i Munīr meeting Benazīr, who has been watching the princess and her maidens from a secret hiding place. The composition and iconographic details are typical of the Delhi School, evolved from the Mughal tradition and incorporating elements from Lucknow and European painting (Text by Emily Shovelton, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Ḥasan, Mīr, active 18th century : 5176639
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of Instruction : Treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007, p.77, no.58.
General Note:
From: Ḥasan, Mīr, active 18th century. Masnavī or Siḥr ul Bayān (The Enchanting Story)
General Note:
Delhi School, India, early 19th century
General Note:
Folios 42v-43r of MS 24931

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
MS 24931 ( soas manuscript number )
a37fb964-44b3-4375-b122-b4a36b85682e ( calm recordid )