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Ms. 59 G
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Accession Number:
Ms. 59 G
Hijri Date:
1009 Safar 29
Gregorian Date:
1600 September 8
Purchased by Garrett in Istanbul, August 1907, for £30.
Mir Mah b. Mir 'Arab
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
339 x 217 mm
Text Size (h x w):
236 x 130 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
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Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
37 ( 37 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
0000-00-00 00:00:00
Public Notes

According to Ruhrdanz, "The revival of Central Asian painting", the miniatures have nothing in common with any of the illustrated mss produced about 1600 and the time of their execution cannot be deduced directly from the date the copy was completed. She dates one group done by an artist who also worked on a copy of the Zafarnama in Tashkent (ms. 4772) to the second or third decade of the 17th c. and notes the influence of Indian models of a sub-imperial level. In this eclectic style, we see a synthesis of Iranian and Indian elements.

The sample page shown is f. 3r, which is not characteristic in its use of gold. The ms. as a double-illuminated title page on ff. 1v-2r, with the start of the poem; there is no prose preface.

Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
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sample page
f. 001v
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1600)
f. 002r
Illuminated title page (recto side) (1600)
f. 013r
Faridun defeats Zahhak (1610)
f. 019v
The murder of Iraj (1600)
f. 023v
Manuchihr and the Iranians attack the army of Tur (1600)
f. 026r
Manuchihr kills Salm (1600)
f. 032v
Zal shoots fowl (1600)
f. 034r
Rudaba lets down her hair for Zal to climb up (1600)
f. 042v
Zal solves the riddles (1600)
f. 047r
Rustam kills Zal's white elephant (1600)
f. 048r
Rustam fights Mihtar, kotwal of Kuh-i Sipand (1600)
f. 051v
Barman kills Qubad (1600)
f. 054v
Afrasiyab executes Nauzar (1600)
f. 057v
Rustam catches Rakhsh (1600)
f. 059r
Rustam kills Qulun (1600)
f. 065r
Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion (1600)
f. 066v
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon (1600)
f. 067r
Rustam's fourth labour: he kills the witch (1600)
f. 068r
Rustam's fifth labour: he lassoes Aulad (1600)
f. 069r
Rustam's sixth labour: he kills Arzhang (1600)
f. 070r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1600)
f. 078r
Kay Kavus airborne (1600)
f. 084r
Suhrab fights Hujir (1600)
f. 088r
Kay Kavus apologises to Rustam for his behaviour (1600)
f. 093v
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1600)
f. 096v
Tahmina learns of Suhrab's death (1600)
f. 102r
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1600)
f. 112r
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1600)
f. 123v
Guruy executes Siyavush (1600)
f. 147v
Bizhan kills Palashan (1600)
f. 173v
Rustam overturns Chingish by seizing the tail of his horse (1600)
f. 200v
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1600)
f. 245v
The execution of Afrasiyab (1600)
f. 261v
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1600)
f. 286v
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon (1600)
f. 385r
Bahram Gur goes to the hunting grounds (1600)
f. 387r
Bahram Gur kills the dragon that had killed a youth (1600)
f. 395r
Bahram Gur kills a wolf in India (1600)
f. 396r
Bahram Gur kills a dragon in India (1600)