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Accession Number:
I.O.Islamic 966
Hijri Date:
1012 Ramadan 1
Gregorian Date:
1604 February 1
Origin:
Isfahan
Ownership:
Johnson ms. Ethé 876.
Calligrapher:
al-Muzahhib Murtaza Quli Chavushlu
Folios extant in ms.:
523
Columns x Rows:
4 x 24
Page Size (h x w):
370 x 235 mm
Text Size (h x w):
230 x 150 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
523r
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Complete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
2
Illustrations in ms:
63 ( 63 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
0000-00-00 00:00:00
 
Public Notes
Formerly Ethé 876. Eighteenth-century leather binding with medallions, rebacked. The ms. has a good quality illuminated double title-page (ff. 1v-2r) and 63 miniature paintings. The first 59 of these are of the Isfahan school of the period, possibly by the same artist as the "young Isfahani" of the Garshaspnama in the British Museum. The last 4 are rather different; Robinson proposes a provincial, possibly Turkish hand (which would seem to be borne out by the name of the signatory of the ms. itself), though nearly contemporary with the manuscript.

The text is not subdivided into books.

One characteristic of the paintings is that the picture is carried into the spaces between the columns of text.

Bibliography

H. Ethé, Persian manuscripts in the India Office, London, 1903, p. 552 (no. 876)

I. Stchoukine, Les peintures des manuscrits de Shah Abbas, Paris, 1964,

B.W. Robinson, Persian paintings in the India Office library, London, 1976, pp. 196-207

 
References
General Ref:
Richard, F. Catalogues des manuscrits persans, I Ancien Fonds. 1 Biblioheque Nationale de France. Paris. France.
General Ref:
Richard, F. Catalogues des manuscrits persans, I Ancien Fonds. 1 Biblioheque Nationale de France. Paris. France.
General Ref:
Richard, F. Catalogues des manuscrits persans, I Ancien Fonds. 1 Biblioheque Nationale de France. Paris. France.
Dating Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian epic illustration: A 'Book of Kings' of 1436-37.
Origin Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian epic illustration: A 'Book of Kings' of 1436-37.
Illustration Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian epic illustration: A 'Book of Kings' of 1436-37.
 
 
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523r
colophon
f. 001v
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1604)
f. 002r
Illuminated title page (recto side) (1604)
f. 004v
Kayumars enthroned (1604)
f. 008v
Jamshid sawn in half before Zahhak (1604)
f. 014v
Faridun defeats Zahhak (1604)
f. 018r
Faridun tests his sons (1604)
f. 026r
Manuchihr fights Kakuy, grandson of Zahhak (1604)
f. 033v
Rudaba and Zal together (1604)
f. 044r
Sam visits Zal and Rustam (1604)
f. 045r
Rustam kills Zal's white elephant (1604)
f. 054v
Rustam catches Rakhsh (1604)
f. 056r
Rustam kills Qulun (1604)
f. 057r
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt (1604)
f. 062r
Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion (1604)
f. 063r
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon (1604)
f. 064v
Rustam enters the cave in which Kay Kavus and his men are chained (1604)
f. 066r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1604)
f. 068r
Kay Kavus' s champions fight the King of Mazandaran (1604)
f. 071r
Kay Kavus marries Sudaba (1604)
f. 074r
Rustam fights the Turanians (1604)
f. 077v
Rustam tries to lasso Afrasiyab (1604)
f. 079r
Tahmina visits Rustam's chamber (1604)
f. 088r
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1604)
f. 097r
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1604)
f. 110r
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1604)
f. 113v
Siyavush receives a kingship from Afrasiyab (1604)
f. 127v
Zavara executes Surkha to avenge Siyavush (1604)
f. 145r
Farud shoots Bizhan's horse from under him (1604)
f. 147r
Bizhan comes upon Palashan cooking a gazelle (1604)
f. 157v
Human fights Tus (1604)
f. 169v
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1604)
f. 171v
Rustam captures and kills Kamus (1604)
f. 177v
Rustam lifts Shangul from his saddle (1604)
f. 180r
The defeat of the Turanian army (1604)
f. 186v
Rustam overthrows Puladvand (1604)
f. 189r
Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea (1604)
f. 197v
Gurgin tells his story to Kay Khusrau (1604)
f. 200v
Rustam feasts with Kay Khusrau (1604)
f. 212v
Human challenges Fariburz (1604)
f. 216r
Bizhan kills Human (1604)
f. 229r
The eleventh combat: Gudarz kills Piran (1604)
f. 232v
Gustaham kills Lahhak (1604)
f. 243v
Kay Khusrau throws Shida to the ground (1604)
f. 254r
The Iranians repel Afrasiyab's night attack (1604)
f. 269r
Kay Khusrau rides into the desert with his followers (1604)
f. 275r
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum (1604)
f. 277r
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1604)
f. 279r
Gushtasp kills Ilyas in combat (1604)
f. 297r
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon (1604)
f. 307r
Rustam kicks aside the rock pushed by Bahman (1604)
f. 314v
The first combat of Rustam and Isfandiyar (1604)
f. 318v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1604)
f. 323v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1604)
f. 335r
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1604)
f. 358r
Gulnar sees Ardashir and falls in love with him (1604)
f. 360v
Ardavan led captive before Ardashir (1604)
f. 371v
The battle between the armies of Shapur and Rum (1604)
f. 378v
Shapur's night attack on Caesar's camp (1604)
f. 389r
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1604)
f. 403v
Bahram Gur captures the Khaqan of Chin (1604)
f. 408r
Bahram Gur kills a dragon in India (1604)
f. 428v
Nushzad killed in battle with Ram Barzin (1604)
f. 453v
Anushirvan besieges the Rumis in Aleppo (1604)
f. 475r
Bahram Chubina's horse is killed under him (1604)
f. 505r
Khusrau Parviz with the gardener (1604)