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2002 October 15, lot 193
 
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Accession Number:
2002 October 15, lot 193
Hijri Date:
1143
Gregorian Date:
1730 (to nearest hijri year)
Origin:
Kashmir
Calligrapher:
Muhammad b. Yahya b. Yusuf
Folios extant in ms.:
420
Columns x Rows:
4 x 22
Page Size (h x w):
512 x 412 mm
Text Size (h x w):
362 x 203 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
420
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Abridged
Completion Status:
Search not completed
Illuminations in ms:
0
Illustrations in ms:
120 ( 2 frontispiece(s) )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
2008-09-26 12:48:13
 
Public Notes
Manuscript in two volumes, containing some interpolations from the Barzunama. Titles are in red, text outlined in gold, red and blue, three finely illuminated title folia. The ms. has 120 very large size miniatures. Cream paper. Modern green morocco binding, similar slipcases. Remargined, some worm damage.

The miniatures are impressive in scale and display an interesting mixture of Mughal painting styles with Afghani and Central Asian influence. The court of Kayumars (f. 18v) shows the court wearing what look like Mongol caps.

On the whole the miniatures are highly original interpolations of scenes familiar from the Shahnama and display little Iranian influence. The majority of the miniatures are painted with the celadon green ground favoured by Mughal and Deccani painters. Some of the heroes are depicted as Mughal princes, for example Siyavush and Kay Kavus on f. 125r. Most of the women are depicted in Indian dress. In the death of Zahhak (f. 29v), the snake-eating goat is shown, a local image but also a playful reference to the snakes that grow from Zahhak's shoulders

See Sale catalogue,  p.168. The ms. is not accessible at the moment.

(Adeela Qureshi)

 
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Illustration in archive - 2     (back to top)
f. 018v
Kayumars enthroned (1730)
f. 039v
Zahhak brought before Faridun (1730)