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Accession Number:
PN 372
Hijri Date:
Gregorian Date:
1603 (to nearest hijri year)
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 23
Page Size (h x w):
315 x 200 mm
Text Size (h x w):
225 x 147 mm
Colophon Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
22 ( 22 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2008-04-19 08:12:50
Public Notes

Inspected on 28.3.2001 and 1.4.2002. The bindings/covers are in very poor condition, and the order of the text appears very disturbed. The calligraphy is of good quality but the paintings are very crude and have generally been inserted later from another manuscript and pasted over the text. Text headings (rubrics) are in naskh, but often missing (especially from ca. f. 124v), or later crude additions, in red ink and sometimes in black, as and when the story has been identified.

The binding is of cardboard with torn edges and black leather trim. The paper is thin and creamy. The margins are ruled in gold and colours.

Madraimov, p. 66, suggests that the date of the ms. might be 1112/1700. The details in the catalogue are at variance with the observations made by Ch.M. Essentially, quite a nice ms. has been ruined. No colour images are available at present; the b/w images from the catalogue of Madraimov give a better impression of the work than in reality. He notes mediocre unvans on ff. 1r (= 1v) and 192r (= 192v), and a good one on f. 3r (= 3v). There is another on f. 340v. He describes the manuscript as a reduced copy, that is incomplete.

Although the present state of the ms., and the abuse it has suffered, suggest that it need not be a high priority for study, it is nevertheless of interest. Given that the pictures are all either pasted or painted over the text, rather than filing in spaces left blank, it is surprising that the pictures were placed exactly where they were, instead of where they might better have reflected the narrative of the poem. This preliminary record of two brief surveys of the ms. does not complete the investigation needed.

General Ref:
Madraimov, A., Musaev, Sh. & Ismailova, E. Oriental miniatures. The collection of the Beruni Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Vol. II: 18th-19th centuries. 2 UNESCO. Tashkent. Uzbekistan.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration Ref:
Mehran, F. Farhad Mehran's personal notes.
Illustration in archive - 22     (back to top)
f. 008v
Jamshid enthroned (1603)
f. 033v
Rustam kills Zal's white elephant (1603)
f. 072v
Dara writes to Iskandar for a truce (1603)
f. 119v
Kay Khusrau kills Shida (1603)
f. 153v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1603)
f. 173r
The mobads rebuke Bahram Gur for his cruelty after the lion hunt (1603)
f. 193r
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1603)
f. 208r
The Iranians recognize Shapur and rally round him (1603)
f. 218r
The battle between Khushnavaz and Piruz (1603)
f. 252v
The coronation of Luhrasp (1603)
f. 307v
Faridun binds Zahhak (1603)
f. 319r
Rustam laments for the dying Suhrab (1603)
f. 328v
Iskandar enthroned with Taynush (1603)
f. 344v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1603)
f. 375v
Piran sets Farangis free (1603)
f. 397r
Bizhan kills Human (1603)
f. 423v
Bahram Gur learns about the death of his father, Yazdagird (1603)
f. 444r
Bahram Gur kills the dragon that had killed a youth (1603)
f. 464r
Ardashir comes to the court of Ardavan (1603)
f. 474r
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1603)
f. 483v
Ardashir's arrangements for his rule (1603)
f. 496r
Nushzad killed in battle with Ram Barzin (1603)