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Details
Accession Number:
I.O.Islamic 741
Gregorian Date:
1580 (circa)
Origin:
Shiraz
Ownership:
Tipu ms. in 2 volumes (741-742). Ethé 867
Calligrapher:
Hidayat-Allah Shirazi
Preface:
Baysunghuri
Folios extant in ms.:
668
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
410 x 255 mm
Text Size (h x w):
250 x 140 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
344r
Num Other Colophons:
668r
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Complete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
0
Illustrations in ms:
10 ( 2 frontispiece(s) 7 Shahnama 1 Barzunama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
2010-02-09 00:25
 
Public Notes
Formerly Ethé 867. Binding is modern red half-morocco. Illuminated headings are found on ff. 2v (Baysunghuri prose preface), 13v (start of poem) and 344v (start of the reign of Luhrasp, in vol. 2, ms. 742), all of high quality Shiraz style of late 16th c. Section headings are also illuminated.

The preface contains the full text of the satire on Sultan Mahmud, from f. 9v.

The colophon gives the name of the calligrapher, but no date.

The ms. contains 15 miniatures, 10 in volume 1 and 5 in volume 2 (I.O. Islamic 742), and are extremely impressive examples of Shiraz work of the early Safavid period. Unfortunately, they have been subjected to crude Indian repainting and poor restoration. In addition, four miniatures were removed and the catchwords adjusted, between ff. 457-8 (Iskandar and the Fur of Hind), 501-2 (Bahram Gur fights the rhinoceros), 595-6 (Bahram Chubina fights Sava Shah) and 643-4 (just before Khusrau imprisons Shiruy).

Robinson has identified the work of two painters, of which "Painter B" is responsible for the most original and monumental pictures.

Bibliography

H. Ethé, Persian manuscripts in the India Office, vol. 1, London, 1903, p. 550 (no. 867)

B.W. Robinson, Persian paintings in the India Office library, London, 1976, pp. 116-24 (with references).

 
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 paintings in the India Office Library. A descriptive catalogue. Sotheby Parke Bernet. London. UK.
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.