Manuscripts: Royal decree

Documents in this section include both manuscripts and early printed forms of broadsheets complete with royal seals and signatures issued by the sultans of the Maldives.


Royal decree from the 25th year of the Sultan's reign, with his seal in purple ink at the top right corner. It confirms the privileges and pensions previously granted by former sultans to the particular categories of persons on this island including the sons of the local nobility, as well the blind, mute, and disabled. It is stored rolled into a bamboo tube (HAF-DID-4-SO1) together with HAF-DID-4-MS19 and MS20.