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Accession Number:
Oriental 2926
Hijri Date:
1246 Safar 7
Gregorian Date:
1830 July 28
Shiraz Iran, Qajar
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
6 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
413 x 282 mm
Text Size (h x w):
280 x 186 mm
Colophon Folio:
Num Other Colophons:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Part 1
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illustrations in ms:
9 ( 7 Shahnama 1 Barzunama 1 other [ Shabrang ] )
Illustration Records in archive:
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Date last updated:
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Public Notes
This ms. contains the first half of the Shahnama, brought down to the accession of Luhrasp. Volume 2 is found in BL Or. 2976.

The preface is dated Rabi' I, 1249 ( ) in the same hand as the bulk of the volume; the final colophon, however, gives the date 7 Safar 1246 (28 July 1830), in a different hand. The colophon at the end of vol. 2 indicates that it was copied in the 'Dar al-'ilm, Shiraz'.

The manuscript is unfinished, containing only nine paintings, while numerous other spaces are left blank. It begins with the Baisunghur prose preface (ff. 1-10), and continues with all the appearance of a normal copy of the Shahnama; however, it contains numerous interpolated passages, as noted by Rieu, Supplement, 129-31, not marked by special headings:

1. Garshaspnama, ff. 15r - 54v.

2. Samnama, ff. 63r - 93r.

3. Rustam's fight with Kuk Kuhzad, ff. 107v - 112v.

4. Exploits of Rustam and trhe birth of Faramarz, ff. 112v - 123r.

5. Episode of Shabrang, son of the White Div, ff. 146r - 167v.

6. Faramarznama, ff. 167v - 179v.

7. Sequel to the story of Siyavush, ff.191r - 192v.

8. Barzunama, ff. 193r - 221v.

9. Story of Banu Gushasp, ff. 249v - 251r.

Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration Ref:
Titley, N.M. Miniatures from Persian manuscripts. Catalogue and subject index of paintings from Persia, India and Turkey in the British Library and British Museum. London. UK.