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.


An early printed circular, stamped with a seal in purple ink at the top right corner. The text is a royal decree issued by Sulṭān Ibrahīm Nūr al-Dīn Iskandar Sulṭān Muḥammad ‘Imad al-Dīn Iskandar. It treats the distribution of taxation on the islanders depending in relation to specific commodities. The document is stored rolled in a bamboo tube (HDH-VKD-13-SO3).