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Colophon
© The Malik Library and Museum, Tehran
Details
Accession Number:
Ms 5986
Gregorian Date:
1480 (to 90)
Origin:
Bukhara, Transoxania
Folios extant in ms.:
470
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
313 x 198 mm
Text Size (h x w):
208 x 116 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
470r
Sample Page Folio:
p. 24
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Complete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
2
Illustrations in ms:
26 ( 20 Shahnama 6 other [ preface ] )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
2009-04-22 19:41
 
Public Notes

The manuscript has been described by B.W. Robinson, 'Two illustrated manuscripts in the Malek Library, Tehran' . He describes the binding as contemporary with the manuscript, of dark leather; the outer faces lightly tooled with arabesque medallions containing designs of animals. The doublures are decorated with bold leather cutout work of medallions, pendants and corner pieces. Robinson compares the binding with that of the Shahnama in Oxford, Bodleian ms. Pers. c. 4 (dated 1448).

Robinson identified the ms. as originating in Transoxiana. One notable feature of the illustrations of the ms. are the six paintings in the body of the preface, depicting rulers of the different dynasties; these he describes as being of 'second-rate Bukhara work'. The main illustrations of the text itself, however, are strong and have large figures, generally only those essential to the story. Robinson notes that Rustam appears in his babr-i bayan, but not in his distinctive helmet.

Two rosettes are found on ff. 1v and 2r, the first containing a bismillah (not a dedication to a certain Sultan Salim, as believed by Robinson), and the second has two seated figures. Illuminated unvans are found at the start of the preface (the older, Abu Mansuri version) and the poem itself.

Robinson links the ms. with Shahnamas in the Topkapi Saray, Istanbul, H. 1509 and the Institute of Oriental Studies, St Petersburg, C. 822. These associations, with particular reference to the painting of the 'Ship of Faith' in the prologue, have recently been discussed further by Raya Shani.

Some details of the ms. still need to be clarified, including the correct pagination. The ms. was briefly inspected by Ch. M. in 200X. A list of illustrations and other details has kindly been provided by Said Khoddari Naini; images of most of the paintings were kindly made available in April 2009.

Project Notes
A couple of details still to tidy up. Try to identify which picture of the kings we have.
 
References
General Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Two illustrated manuscripts in the Malek Library, Tehran. (in Content and Context of Visual Arts in the Islamic World) (in Monographs on the Fine Arts) (ed. Soucek, P.P.) (44) pp. 91-103 College Art Association of America. University Park. USA.
Dating Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Two illustrated manuscripts in the Malek Library, Tehran. (in Content and Context of Visual Arts in the Islamic World) (in Monographs on the Fine Arts) (ed. Soucek, P.P.) (44) pp. 91-103 College Art Association of America. University Park. USA.
Origin Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Two illustrated manuscripts in the Malek Library, Tehran. (in Content and Context of Visual Arts in the Islamic World) (in Monographs on the Fine Arts) (ed. Soucek, P.P.) (44) pp. 91-103 College Art Association of America. University Park. USA.
Illustration Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Two illustrated manuscripts in the Malek Library, Tehran. (in Content and Context of Visual Arts in the Islamic World) (in Monographs on the Fine Arts) (ed. Soucek, P.P.) (44) pp. 91-103 College Art Association of America. University Park. USA.
 
 
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470r
colophon
f. 001
Shamsa (1480)
f. 002
Shamsa (1480)
f. 003
Illuminated unvan (1480)
f. 015
A group of kings (1480)
f. 016
A group of kings (1480)
f. 017
A group of kings (1480)
f. 018
A group of kings (1480)
f. 019
A group of kings (1480)
f. 020
A group of kings (1480)
f. 025
The Prophet Muhammad and the 'Ship of Faith' (1480)
f. 109
Barman kills Qubad (1480)
f. 120
Rustam catches Rakhsh (1480)
f. 147
The King of Mazandaran changes himself into a rock (1480)
f. 162
Rustam kills Alkus in combat (1480)
f. 186
Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab (1480)
f. 220
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1480)
f. 236
Siyavush taken prisoner before Afrasiyab (1480)
f. 247
Zavara executes Surkha to avenge Siyavush (1480)
f. 341
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1480)
f. 406
Guraza binds Siyamak onto his horse and leads him away (1480)
f. 425
Kay Khusrau kills Shida (1480)
f. 550
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1480)
f. 560
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1480)
f. 565
The execution of Faramarz (1480)
f. 605
Iskandar encounters Israfil (1480)
f. 659
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1480)
f. 668
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1480)
f. 682
Bahram Gur and Mahyar listen to Arzu's harp playing (1480)
f. 691
Bahram Gur kills the dragon that had killed a youth (1480)