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Language: Persian

Date: unknown

UK Special Collections Arabic Script Codex #10

Tutinama, or “Book of the Parrot,” is a Persian series of 52 moral tales dating from the 14th century. The original authorship is credited to Nakhshabi, a Persian physician and Sufi saint, who adapted his tales from ancient Sanskrit stories. The Tutinama tales are narrated by a parrot to distract his mistress from having an affair while her merchant husband is away from home on business.

This 30 cm manuscript is bound in brown leather with gilt embossed medallions and floral motifs.

The complete digitized Tutinama manuscript is available online at

An English translation of one of the exhibit’s highlighted tales, “The Frog, the Bee, and the Bird, Who Killed the Elephant,” is available at

An English translation of the entire Tutinama is available online at

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Special Collections Research Center, University of Kentucky Libraries


Middle East, Calligraphic manuscripts, Tutinama


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