Mani in Cambridge: A Day-Symposium on Manichaean Studies

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The Trust has a long-standing connection with the study of Manichaeism and from 1999 to 2005 was the home of the AHRC funded Manichaean Dictionary Project, headed by our Chairman Nicholas Sims-Williams. As a result several volumes were published in the Brepols Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum series as part of the Dictionary of Manichaean Texts, namely vol. 2: Texts from Iraq and Iran (Texts in Syriac, Arabic, Persian and Zoroastrian Middle Persian) by F. de Blois and others (2006); vol. 3, part 1: Dictionary of Manichaean Middle Persian and Parthian by D. Durkin-Meisterernst …

Recent library acquisitions from India

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The trust library recently added to its collection a substantial acquisition of books from the National Museum, Delhi, following our participation in the museum’s hosting of the exhibition ‘The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination’ in 2016. These beautifully illustrated volumes are all catalogued on Cambridge University Library’s iDiscover search platform and are available to view at the trust: Rupa-Pratirupa: The Body in Indian Art / Naman P. Ahuja. New Delhi: National Museum, 2014. [Publication to accompany an exhibition held at National Museum, New Delhi from 14th March to …

Echoes of the past: pre-partition postcards from India

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A delightful item which we have recently catalogued is a collection of 58 postcards dating from pre-partition India which was given to us by Cyrus Pherozeshah Mehta (1917-2011)[1]. The collection includes mostly black-and-white views from Baluchistan, Benares, Calcutta and the holiday resorts of Simla and Matheran in Maharashtra. The Sir Stuart Hogg Market, Calcutta. Designed by Richard Roskell Bayne, an architect of the East Indian Railway Company, this Victorian Gothic market complex was begun in 1873. It was officially named after one of its greatest advocates, Sir Stuart Hogg, the …

Bridget Allchin: Pioneering Prehistorian of South Asian Archaeology

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In celebration of Bridget Allchin’s 90th birthday by Danika Parikh, University of Cambridge Archaeologist Bridget Allchin was born Bridget Gordon on February 10th, 1927. Inspired by the work of W.J. Sollas, Bridget had nursed an ambition to study prehistory since childhood; she decided to go to university but made what she calls ‘the disappointing discovery’ that in Britain archaeology was not taught as a first degree subject at the time. She opted instead for a degree at UCL that included Ancient History, spending her Easter break excavating a prehistoric site …

Mixed blessings for those born in the Year of the Rooster

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The Year of the Rooster begins on 28th January 2017. What better excuse could there be for writing about an early 9th century description of the animal cycle written in the Eastern Iranian language Khotanese. Descriptions of the years of the monkey, cock, dog and pig, the last four years of the 12 year animal cycle. Photo: International Dunhuang Project (British Library Or.11252/1) This document is one of a group of forty one documents presented to the then British Museum in 1930 by Frederick Williamson who was Consul-General for the …