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Accession Number:
FY. 1405
Gregorian Date:
1590 (to 95)
ex-Yildiz Palace
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
467 x 320 mm
Text Size (h x w):
295 x 168 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Search not completed
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
25 ( 2 frontispiece(s) 23 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2016-07-26 09:34
Public Notes
Formerly Yildiz Palace Library 7950/308. The manuscript is undated but taken to be from the latter half of the 16th century; a note in French & Turkish on the flyleaf (f. 1r) suggests perhaps the period of Shah Tahmasp; Edhem & Stchoukine (1933), pp. 39-40 speculate that it was the copy presented by the Persian ambassador Toqmaq Khan to Sultan Murad III in May 1576. They record 23 illustrations by different hands.

The handsome binding is of 16th century, black leather framing a gold field of a floral design in the central lozenge, with two gold pendants. Red leather doublures with a central lozenge of filigree work over blue, two gold pendants, floral tooled edges with gold and filigree lozenges, carried over onto the flap.

The paper is creamy and polished. The text is contained within lavishly ruled margins: blue - space - thin red - space - 2 thin black - thick gold - 2 thin black with orange - 2 thin black with pale green - 2 thin black with orange - space - thin black. Columns: 2 x 2 thin black with green (outside columns), 2 x 2 thin black with orange (central column). Rubrics: thin pale green - orange - space - think dark blue. Script in white riqa' on a gold ground with flowering buds. Rubrics are rather sparingly used throughout the MS, and are frequently only one line of text deep.

The Preface contains attractive bands of chalipa script on ff. 7v-10r, followed by the double painting of Firdausi presenting the Shahnama and then in the bathhouse, both published in the catalogue ed. Lale Uluc. The Preface continues to f. 15r, which ends with an undated colophon that refers specifically to it being the Baysunghuri Preface. The text of the poem start on f. 15v under a nice 'unvan, incipit normative.

The MS contains the Barkhiyas interpolation in the story of Bizhan and Manizha, ff. 189v-190v.

The text ends on f. 460r, explicit: "hazaran durud...", but no colophon; it is followed by the University Library stamp.

The manuscript is rather unusual in containing almost exclusively double-page illustrations which follow two phases of the narrative, e.g. Siyavush being lead to his death and then his execution (ff. 116v-117r).


Project Notes
Check all details if possible with MS itself. See Lale Uluc description?

All breaklines recorded, still to be added and scene title to be confirmed.

Overall measurements currently taken from catalogue of Edhem & Stchoukine, pp. 39-40: not handled in person, all other details from digitized version. No measurements for individual paintings.

Some images ordered, September 2015 .

Sample page measurements from fol. 20r but image is 143v.

General Ref:
Sobhani, T.H. & Aqsu, H. A catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the Library of Istanbul University. Institute for Humanities and Cultual Studies. Tehran. Iran.
General Ref:
Edhem, F. & Stchoukine, I. Les manuscrits orientaux illustres de la Bibliotheque de l'Universite de Stamboul. E. de Boccard. Paris. France.
Dating Ref:
Uluc, L. Arts of the book in sixteenth-century Shiraz. New York. USA.
Origin Ref:
Uluc, L. Arts of the book in sixteenth-century Shiraz. New York. USA.
Illustration Ref:
Uluc, L. Arts of the book in sixteenth-century Shiraz. New York. USA.
Illustration in archive - 26     (back to top)
sample page
f. 001v
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1590)
f. 010v
Firdausi and his book introduced to Sultan Mahmud (1590)
f. 011r
Firdausi at the bathhouse (1590)
f. 018v
Kayumars enthroned (1590)
f. 019r
Kayumars enthroned (1590)
f. 066v
Rustam enthroned with Kay Qubad on Mount Alburz (1590)
f. 067r
Rustam kills Qulun (1590)
f. 116v
Guruy executes Siyavush (1590)
f. 117r
Guruy executes Siyavush (1590)
f. 144r
Rivniz dies, but Bahram saves his crown (1590)
f. 206v
Bizhan fights with Human (1590)
f. 207r
Bizhan and Human wrestle for a second time (1590)
f. 248v
The execution of Afrasiyab (1590)
f. 249r
The execution of Garsivaz (1590)
f. 257v
Luhrasp enthroned (1590)
f. 258r
Luhrasp enthroned (1590)
f. 305v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1590)
f. 306r
The dying Isfandiyar advises Rustam (1590)
f. 344v
Shapur captures the King of Rum (1590)
f. 345r
Shapur besieges Nisibin (1590)
f. 404v
Iskandar marries Raushanak (1590)
f. 405r
Iskandar marries Raushanak (1590)
f. 419r
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion (1590)
f. 428r
Khusrau Parviz replies to Caesar's answer (1590)
f. 447v
Yazdagird III enthroned (1590)
f. 448r
Sa'd-i Vaqqas attacks Iran (1590)