view archive:
Ms 1915
Tehran, Gulistan Museum (in index)
Click the boxes to tag/un-tag this page in a workbook

© The Gulistan Palace Museum, Tehran. Photo: Mojtaba Sabzeh.
Accession Number:
Ms 1915
Gregorian Date:
19th century
Iran, Qajar
Ya Shah Najaf Agha Najaf Isfahani (Painter)
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
290 x 185 mm
Text Size (h x w):
234 x 140 mm
Colophon Folio:
p. 1042
Sample Page Folio:
p. 134
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Part 1
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illustrations in ms:
41 ( 41 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2003-11-05 00:00:00
Public Notes
The binding is currently preserved in a white paper wrapper; the doublures are of plain red leather with a twin thin gold line around the edge.

Two sarlauhs, p. 1 (85 x 118), over the start of the preface, and p. 18 (84 x 126) over start of poem, the latter a later effort, not completed, with a floral design in indian ink and pale green. The first sarlauh is of crude design but quite neat execution, featuring a band of decoration in gold, orange, pale green and royal blue. Other decorations are minimal: the margins are ruled in blue, space, crimson, the columns are two crimson lines well spaced, and the box for the rubrics a single line, with the text headings in the same colour and in the same nasta'liq hand as the text.

For a detailed description of this ms. and its illustrations, see S.A. Sahrifzadeh, Namvarnama, Tehran, 1370sh/1991, pp. 151-63.

Dating Ref:
Sharifzadeh, S.A. Namvar nameh. (1370 sh.) Ministry of Culture and Higher Education. Tehran. Iran.
Origin Ref:
Sharifzadeh, S.A. Namvar nameh. (1370 sh.) Ministry of Culture and Higher Education. Tehran. Iran.
Illustration Ref:
Sharifzadeh, S.A. Namvar nameh. (1370 sh.) Ministry of Culture and Higher Education. Tehran. Iran.
Illustration in archive - 43     (back to top)
p. 1042
f. 0039
Faridun defeats Zahhak
f. 0075
Rudaba and Zal together
f. 0133
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon
f. 0138
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div
f. 0167
Suhrab fights Gurdafarid
f. 0184
Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab
f. 0236
f. 0245
Guruy executes Siyavush
f. 0257
Rustam fights Afrasiyab, Human and the Turanians
f. 0292
The Iranians mourn Farud
f. 0335
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse
f. 0339
Rustam captures and kills Kamus
f. 0341
Rustam overturns Chingish by seizing the tail of his horse
f. 0354
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso
f. 0382
Bizhan is brought to Manizha's palace
f. 0422
Bizhan kills Human
f. 0456
Kay Khusrau mourns for Piran and the dead Turanians
f. 0477
Kay Khusrau throws Shida to the ground
f. 0514
The execution of Afrasiyab
f. 0535
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum
f. 0538
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum
f. 0559
Bidarafsh kills Zarir, the brother of Gushtasp
f. 0579
Isfandiyar's first labour: he fights the wolves
f. 0580
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions
f. 0582
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon
f. 0590
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters
f. 0619
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow
f. 0629
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying
f. 0642
Humay bequeaths the throne to Darab
f. 0655
Iskandar attends the dying Dara
f. 0681
Iskandar kills a dragon
f. 0753
Bahram Gur shows his prowess on the hunting grounds
f. 0763
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne
f. 0769
Bahram Gur hunts lions
f. 0778
Bahram Gur hunts lion
f. 0787
Bahram Gur hunts lions
f. 0791
Bahram Gur kills the dragon that had killed a youth
f. 0808
Bahram Gur kills a dragon in India
f. 0832
Anushirvan enthroned
f. 0937
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah
f. 1003
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion