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© The Gulistan Palace Museum, Tehran
Accession Number:
Ms 716
Title of Work:
Shahnama (Baysunghur)
Hijri Date:
833 Jumada I 5
Gregorian Date:
1430 February 7
Maulana Ja'far Baysunghuri
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
6 x 31
Page Size (h x w):
380 x 260 mm
Text Size (h x w):
280 x 184 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illustrations in ms:
22 ( 2 frontispiece(s) 18 Shahnama 1 Barzunama 1 other [ Firdausi poets ] )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2016-08-19 13:41
Public Notes
See the detailed description by S.A. Sharifzadeh, Namvarnama, Tehran, 1370 sh./1991, pp. 10-20. Some of the paintings have been published by Vera Kubickova, Persische Miniaturen, Prague, 1960, see pp. 58-9, figs. 12-16, and most of them also by Mohammad-Hasan Semsar, Gulestan Palace Library. Portfolio of miniature paintings and calligraphy, Tehran, 2000, pp. 84-109.

The manuscript has not yet been the object of a systematic study nor published fully; see the articles in Encyclopaedia Iranica under 'Baysongor' and 'Baysongori Sah-nama', and by Eleanor Sims in Ars Orientalis 22 (1992), pp. 43-68.

The manuscript was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, in 2005, and the paintings are illustrated in the lavish catalogue, Masterpieces of Persian painting, ed. Muhammad 'Ali Rajabi,Tehran, 2005, pp. 39-68.

The ms. is paginated rather than foliated and all illustrations are given page numbers rather than folio nos.

Folio numbers are supplied as 'reconstructed' folio numbers; foliation assumes that the first sheet (f. 1r-v) is blank and the opening shamsa is on f. 2r

Project Notes
NB the date using other conversion model is 30 January 1430.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration in archive - 33     (back to top)
sample page
Binding (1430)
Doublure (1430)
f. 002
Shamsa (1430)
f. 003
Frontispiece (verso side) (1430)
f. 004
Frontispiece (recto side) (1430)
f. 007
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1430)
f. 008
Illuminated title page (recto side) (1430)
f. 013
Firdausi and the poets of Ghazna (1430)
f. 023
Miscellaneous preliminary material (1430)
f. 024
Miscellaneous preliminary material (1430)
f. 025
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1430)
f. 026
Illuminated title page (recto side) (1430)
f. 027
Illuminated unvan (1430)
f. 031
Jamshid teaches the crafts (1430)
f. 040
Zahhak bound on mount Damavand (1430)
f. 062
Rudaba and Zal together (1430)
f. 092
A minstrel div tempts Kay Kavus to invade Mazandaran (1430)
f. 101
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1430)
f. 163
Guruy executes Siyavush (1430)
f. 219
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1430)
f. 257
Barzu wounds Rustam in combat (1430)
f. 318
Piran escapes from Gudarz up the mountainside (1430)
f. 335
Kay Khusrau kills Aila (1430)
f. 362
The coronation of Luhrasp (1430)
f. 393
Isfandiyar's first labour: he fights the wolves (1430)
f. 401
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters (1430)
f. 413
Rustam boasts about his strength (1430)
f. 429
Faramarz mourns Rustam and Zavara (1430)
f. 469
Gulnar sees Ardashir and falls in love with him (1430)
f. 498
Yazdagird presents a robe of honour to Munzir the Arab (1430)
f. 572
Buzurjmihr demonstrates how to play the game of chess (1430)
f. 604
Bahram Chubina defeats the army of Sava Shah (1430)
f. 689
Illuminated page (1430)