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This picture shows the second page of the Dasm Granth - The folio is highly decorated with verses of Jaap Sahib in a decorated circle surrounded by a 10 armed 'panch-mukhi Svachhanda Bhairava' Shiva with Parvati - A depiction of Chandi rising from the flames - A portrait of Guru Nanak with Bala and Mardana - and a Portrait of Guru Gobind Singh on horseback with white falcon and Sikhs with Chakars on their Turbans.

The folio has a number of elements - Pahari illustrations with Mughal and Kashmiri border decoration . This Dasm Granth is from Circa 1860-70 and is in the National Museum, Delhi.


This next picture is a folio from The Zafarnama - This 1872 illuminated manuscript is in Persian script like the original - and is said to have been scribed by Raja Ram Kaul Tota - a courtier of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

It is in the Punjab Archives, Patiala


* both pictures taken from The Sikh Heritage - Dr Daljeet - 2004

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