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Colophon
© The Malik Library, Tehran.
Details
Accession Number:
Ms 6031
Hijri Date:
833 Sha'ban
Gregorian Date:
1430 May (to nearest hijri month)
Origin:
Herat
Ownership:
Perhaps owned by Farhad Mirza Mu'tamid al-Daula.
Patron:
Baysunghur Mirza
Calligrapher:
Muhammad Mutahhar b. Yusuf Nishapuri
Folios extant in ms.:
508
Columns x Rows:
6 x 31
Page Size (h x w):
345 x 235 mm
Text Size (h x w):
255 x 175 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
340r
Num Other Colophons:
508r
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Unspecified
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
0
Illustrations in ms:
11 ( 2 other )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
2013-11-13 11:45
 
Public Notes
This important manuscript in the Malik Library contains a copy of the Shahnama bound together with the Khamsa of Nizami. The manuscript is bound in lacquered covers of the Qajar period, the front cover and back covers with floral decorations and the doublures showing Rustam killing Isfandiyar (front) and Rustam killing Ashkabus (back). There is a double illustration at the end of the Shahnama and before the start of the Khamsa, on ff. 340r-v. This shows Firdausi in a garden, with inscriptions on the buildings on the left (Firdausi, peace be upon him) and right ('bihisht'). On the reverse is a painting of the Shahnama being presented to Baysunghur by the calligrapher, Muhammad Mutahhar, surrounded by courtiers. Both pictures are reproduced in Najafi Baqir, Shahnama-yi Iran, pl. 60, 61.

The date at the end of the Khamsa is Sha'ban 833, that is a couple of months after the completion of the Baysunghuri manuscript in the Gulistan Palace Library. This version also contains the Baysunghuri preface on 13 pp. This follows the Preface in the Gulistan very closely, but at the end contains some additional material.

The decoration is nothing like as prolific or impressive as the famous Baysunghuri copy in the Gulistan.

Most of the illuminated sarlauhs come in the section devoted to the Khamsa: see ff. 2v, 9v, 341v (Makhzan al-asrar), 354v (Khusrau and Shirin), 393v (Layli and Majnun), 419v (Haft Paikar), 448v (Sharafnama), 487v (Iqbalnama).

 
References
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration Ref:
Najafi, Sayyid Muhammad Baqer Shahnama-yi Iran. Handschriften-Sammlung von Firdusis Schahnameh in Iran. Langenhagen. Germany.
 
 
Illustration in archive - 13     (back to top)
340r
colophon
Binding
Doublure
Doublure
f. 0001
Binding
f. 0002
Doublure
f. 0003
Doublure
f. 001r
Shamsa (1430)
f. 001v
Illuminated unvan (1430)
f. 008r
Shamsa (1430)
f. 008v
Illuminated unvan (1430)
f. 340r
Finispiece (recto side) (1430)
f. 340v
Finispiece (verso side) (1430)
f. 341r
Shamsa (1430)