Thursday, 23 July 2009

The Heron and the Crab

A tale of tyranny, in English here from Persian Fables by HG Keene. (Also here from p. 53 on.) This story originally comes from the Sanskrit Panchatantra.

The illustration above is for a version of the story included in a Persian manuscript of Kalila and Dimna , from Herat (now Afghanistan) in the first decade of the 15th century. The manuscript is in the Gulistan Library, Tehran. This reproduction comes from Persian Miniatures, Werner Forman, Vera Kubíčková, trans. R. Finlayson-Samsour, Spring Books, London.

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