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Details
Accession Number:
Ryl Pers 8
Gregorian Date:
16th century (middle)
Origin:
Shiraz
Ownership:
Nathaniel Bland (1803-65).
Folios extant in ms.:
581
Columns x Rows:
4 x 23
Page Size (h x w):
342 x 206 mm
Text Size (h x w):
201 x 107 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Complete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
5
Illustrations in ms:
19 ( 19 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
0000-00-00 00:00:00
 
Public Notes
Oriental black morocco binding with sunk medallions and pendants, much worn, and with European early 19th-century light brown gilt calf back inscribed SHAN (sic) NAMEH. doublures of Indian kincob. Back cover detached.

Folio 1r contains inscriptions and seals. The binding needs repair, otherwise the rest of the manuscript is in a very good condition, apart from deliberate damage to the miniatures.

There is a double title- page illumination on ff. 1v-2r, and further illuminated unvans on ff. 15v (the start of the poem) and 270v (the start of the reign of Luhrasp). The first two pages are slightly torn.

There is no colophon on this ms. However, there is an added folio (f 581) which seems to be a reconstruction of the last folio. This too does not contain any information about the attribution of the work, which Robinson identifies as an excellent example of the Shiraz style of the mid 16th century.

There are altogether 19 miniatures, sometimes savagely defaced; the choice of scene in the first part of the ms. is unusal, omitting many popular subjects. Robinson identifies the work of two different artists. (A.M.).

Bibliography

B.W. Robinson, Persian paintings in the John Rylands Library, pp. 189-96.

 
References
General Ref:
Norgren, J. & Davis, E. Preliminary index of Shah-nameh illustrations. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor. USA.
Dating Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian Paintings in the John Rylands Library A Descriptive Catalogue. Sotheby Parke Bernet. London. UK.
Origin Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian Paintings in the John Rylands Library A Descriptive Catalogue. Sotheby Parke Bernet. London. UK.
Illustration Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian Paintings in the John Rylands Library A Descriptive Catalogue. Sotheby Parke Bernet. London. UK.
 
 
Illustration in archive - 19     (back to top)
f. 034r
The head of Iraj is brought to Faridun
f. 057v
Zal marries Rudaba
f. 063v
Nauzar is captured in battle with Afrasiyab
f. 078v
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div
f. 081r
Rustam fights the Mazandarani champion Juya
f. 127r
Rustam kills Pilsam
f. 155r
Kay Khusrau sends Tus to Turan
f. 187v
Rustam wrestles with Puladvand
f. 206r
Rustam comes before Kay Khusrau after returning with Bizhan
f. 233r
Kay Khusrau mourns for Piran and the dead Turanians
f. 270v
Luhrasp enthroned
f. 307v
Isfandiyar demands the kingdom from his father Gushtasp
f. 328v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying
f. 341v
Iskandar attends the dying Dara
f. 353r
Iskandar with Queen Qaydafa and her court
f. 394v
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada
f. 447r
Anushirvan executes a young man and his half-sister in his harem
f. 496v
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah
f. 543r
Gurdiya is given a warm reception by Khusrau Parviz