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600-yr-old rare Mandu manuscripts, mandu, on display

May 13, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Coins, Currency, Education, History, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

DNA | May 12, 2013 (http://daily.bhaskar.com/)

Indore: The pictures of rare yet little known manuscripts Mandu (Dhar), presently kept at British Museum (London) would be exhibited by Academy of Indian Numismatics and Sigillography in the city under an exhibition which gets underway from Sunday.

Talking to DNA, coordinator of the academy, SK Bhatt said that people know about majestic architecture of Mandu- a well known historical site in Dhar- but very few know about 600-year-old rare manuscripts of that place.
“During the 16th century, Mandu was a prominent centre for knowledge and learning in the country and three manuscripts Nimatnama (on cookery), Mistafuzla (dictionary of 187 words) and Azab-e-Sana (wonders of world) were scripted in that era,” said Bhatt.
Nimatnama was based on the art of cooking and it contained 303 folios (pages) which elaborated on art of cooking of those times, utensils used, earthen stoves, recipes etc.
The fort which is known as Asharfi Mahal was the university at Mandu. Noted scholar Aristotle used to call learned person as ‘Man of Gold’ which was called Asharfi in Persian, Bhatt said.
The ardent historian, Bhatt, had clicked snaps of these manuscripts at British Museum (London) in 1986.
In a bid to unravel other mysteries, the exhibition would display pictures of four-faced Brahma statue from Mandsaur.
The exhibition would also shed light on ancient forms of currency, which was prevalent before introduction of formal coins. This includes proto money mentioned in Rig Veda which narrates the journey of stone money to coins.
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