What did Dr.Paira Mall buy for Rs.229 for London Museum in 1911? (Post No.4704)

Date: 5 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4704

 

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LONDON AYURVEDA EXHIBITION- PART 3

Paira Mall was a doctor born in India and trained in Europe. He was sent to India by Henry Wellcome to collect medical treasures from India. Henry wanted him to collect the books in manuscripts or translations and important herbs. He was one of the several agents Henry employed for collecting valuable materials for his research museum. Paira Mall spent 11 years in India and he was in regular correspondence with Mr C J S Thompson, the curator of Museum.

 

There is a list of things Mr Mall bought in Sri Nagar, Kashmir. It makes a very interesting list and shows what type of things were collected from different parts of the world by Henry Wellcome. Here is the list of things (displayed in Ayurvdic Man Exhibition in London)  he bought in 1911 for 229 rupees 4 annas:

 

Rupees- Annas

One Kashmiri cap with Silver charms –  21- 00

One Brass Amulet necklace                     –       3- 8

1 red Lingam                                                            –           3-8

1 very old stone Hindu medical deity     4-00

Tibetan Stone tablet with Mantra                     3-12

1 Persian manuscript with pictures       14-00

1 Persian manuscript, Animal logic                   4-00

6 jade engraved charms

against several diseases                                      18-00

1 old Persian medical manuscript            12-00

1 Hanuman sketch                                                 2-00

2 forehead silver charms with

Koran Verses –                                                                     14-4

1 kollyrium silver holder for eyes            8-00

1 hollow amulet                                                     1-4

1 silver yantra coin                                                            5-00

2 barber knives                                                       3-00

3 Deity pictures                                                      4-00

1 circumcision apparatus                         2-0

3 coins with Kalma engraved                              4-00

1 very ancient manuscript on bark                   35-00

2 pictures of snake worship-                              2-00

3 Very old Persian manuscripts              15-00

2 old Arabic medical manuscripts                     25-00

Gratuity one Mohammedan Hakim      1-00

Agent                                                                         2-00

Picture of Navayana                                              2-00

4 Sharada manuscripts                                         20-00

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Total                                                                           229-4

 

This receipt was signed by Paira Mall and sent to London.

 

 

It is very interesting to see what were the objects Henry Well come was interested in. Anything to do with cures, medical beliefs and cures for snake bites and other diseases.

 

–Subham–

 

 

 

 

 

 

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