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Accession Number:
Qavam al-Din
Title of Work:
Shahnama (1341)
Hijri Date:
741 Dhu'l-Qa'da 20
Gregorian Date:
1341 May 14
Origin:
Shiraz
Patron:
Qavam al-Din
Calligrapher:
Hasan b. Muhammad b. 'Ali Husaini al-Mausili
Folios extant in ms.:
325
Estimated num folios in ms.:
322
Columns x Rows:
6 x 30
Page Size (h x w):
368 x 305 mm
Text Size (h x w):
288 x 238 mm
Script:
Naskh
Colophon Folio:
322v
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Incomplete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
0
Illustrations in ms:
111 ( 2 frontispiece(s) 1 finispiece(s) 107 Shahnama 1 other )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
2007-11-16 18:22:46
 
Public Notes

The celebrated dispersed Shahnama of the Inju period, commissioned by the vizier, Hajji Qavam al-Daula wa'l-Din Hasan, in Ramadan 741 AH. (ff. 5v-6r). The colophon has the date 20 Dhu'l-Qa'da but no year; it could be 741, as usually assumed, or the following year, 742.

For a reconstruction of the manuscript as it currently survives, see the masterly study of Shreve Simpson, fully documented. Work on the the details of the manuscript and its miniatures is still in progress for the purposes of the website. Most of the illustrations can also be found under the various collections in which they are held: only a small number of these have actually been investigated in person for the Project.

 
References
General Ref:
Simpson, M.S. A reconstruction and preliminary account of the 1341 Shahnama, with some further thoughts on early Shahnama illustration. (in Persian painting from the Mongols to the Qajars. Studies in honour of Basil W. Robinson) (in Pembroke Persian Papers) (ed. Hillenbrand, R.) 3 pp. 217-47 I.B. Tauris. London. UK.
General Ref:
Sims, E. Thoughts on a Shahnama legacy of the fourteenth century: four Inju manuscripts and the Great Mongol Shahnama. (in Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan) (in Islamic History and Civilization: Studies and texts) (ed. Komaroff, L.) (64) pp. 269-86 Brill. Leiden. Netherlands.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Stchoukine, I. La peinture iranienne sous les derniers Abbasides et les Il-Khans. Bruges. Belgium.
Folio Ref:
Simpson, M.S. A reconstruction and preliminary account of the 1341 Shahnama, with some further thoughts on early Shahnama illustration. (in Persian painting from the Mongols to the Qajars. Studies in honour of Basil W. Robinson) (in Pembroke Persian Papers) (ed. Hillenbrand, R.) 3 pp. 217-47 I.B. Tauris. London. UK.
Illustration Ref:
Simpson, M.S. Appendix I: Reconstruction of the 1341 Shahnama. (in Unpublished mimeograph, 13-VII-93)
 
 
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322v
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Finispiece (verso side) (1341)
Khushnavaz fights Sufaray (1341)
f. 001v
Frontispiece (verso side) (1341)
f. 002r
Frontispiece (recto side) (1341)
f. 004v
Firdausi and the poets of Ghazna (1341)
f. 008v
Hushang kills the Black Div (1341)
f. 012
Zahhak hears Kava's complaint (1341)
f. 014v
Faridun enthroned (1341)
f. 016v
The murder of Iraj (1341)
f. 019v
Manuchihr kills Salm (1341)
f. 020r
Qaran captures the Alanic Fortress (1341)
f. 021r
Sam recognizes his son Zal in the Simurgh's nest (1341)
f. 024v
Zal sees Rudaba on the roof of her palace (1341)
f. 026r
Manuchihr learns about Zal and Rudaba (1341)
f. 029
Rustam kills Zal's white elephant (1341)
f. 034r
Zal kills Khazarvan in combat (1341)
f. 035v
Zal tells Rustam to prepare for war against the Turanians (1341)
f. 037r
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt (1341)
f. 038
Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion (1341)
f. 039rA
Rustam's fourth labour: he kills the witch (1341)
f. 039rB
Rustam camps in a field and gets into a fight with the watchman (1341)
f. 039rC
Rustam camps in a field and gets into a fight with the watchman (1341)
f. 043v
The King of Mazandaran changes himself into a rock (1341)
f. 046r
Kay Kavus airborne (1341)
f. 047v
Rustam and the seven champions prepare to encounter Afrasiyab (1341)
f. 048v
Tahmina visits Rustam's chamber (1341)
f. 051r
Kay Kavus summons Rustam (1341)
f. 056
Siyavush returns from Zabulistan (1341)
f. 059r
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1341)
f. 064v
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1341)
f. 071r
Piran visits Siyavushgird (1341)
f. 072v
Guruy executes Siyavush (1341)
f. 075v
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1341)
f. 078r
Faramarz captures Surkha, son of Afrasiyab (1341)
f. 079v
Human attacks Rustam to allow Afrasiyab to escape (1341)
f. 086v
Kay Khusrau receives Rustam and Zal (1341)
f. 091v
The Iranians mourn Farud (1341)
f. 098r
Human fights Tus (1341)
f. 099r
The Iranians regroup and fight back (1341)
f. 103r
The Iranians attack the Turanians at night (1341)
f. 105v
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1341)
f. 106v
Rustam captures and kills Kamus (1341)
f. 111v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1341)
f. 113r
Rustam fights Kafur the Cannibal (1341)
f. 116
Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea (1341)
f. 118v
Bizhan slaughters the wild boar (1341)
f. 123r
Rustam feasts with Kay Khusrau (1341)
f. 125r
Rustam removes the stone from the mouth of Bizhan's pit (1341)
f. 126r
Rustam and Bizhan defeat Afrasiyab in battle (1341)
f. 127r
The armies of Turan and Iran facing each other (1341)
f. 131v
Bizhan kills Human (1341)
f. 132r
Nastihan makes a night attack and is killed by Bizhan (1341)
f. 134r
Piran escapes from Gudarz up the mountainside (1341)
f. 139r
The fourth combat: Furuhil kills Zangala (1341)
f. 139r
The fifth combat: Ruhham kills Barman (1341)
f. 140rA
The seventh combat: Hujir kills Sipahram with a blow of his sword (1341)
f. 140rB
The eighth combat: Zanga-yi Shavaran fights Akhvasht (1341)
f. 147v
Kay Khusrau kills Shida (1341)
f. 148r
Kay Khusrau encounters Astaqila, Aila and Burzi-aila (1341)
f. 152v
Kay Khusrau besieges Gang Dizh (1341)
f. 154r
Kay Khusrau crosses Lake Zara (1341)
f. 156v
The execution of Afrasiyab (1341)
f. 162r
Kay Khusrau's champions lost in the snow (1341)
f. 172v
Bidarafsh kills Zarir, the brother of Gushtasp (1341)
f. 176v
Arjasp defeats Gushtasp (1341)
f. 177v
Jamasp releases Isfandiyar (1341)
f. 178v
Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar (1341)
f. 180r
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions (1341)
f. 180v
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon (1341)
f. 181
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1341)
f. 187v
Rustam and Isfandiyar parley (1341)
f. 189v
Rustam feasts with Isfandiyar (1341)
f. 191r
The first combat of Rustam and Isfandiyar (1341)
f. 213v
The story of Haftvad's daughter (1341)
f. 216r
Mihrak's daughter converses with Shapur (1341)
f. 227v
A sea monster kills Yazdagird (1341)
f. 230v
Bahram Gur hunts lions (1341)
f. 237r
Bahram Gur helps the landlord's cow to produce milk again (1341)
f. 248v
Anushirvan executes Mazdak and his followers (1341)
f. 256v
Aushirvan's fourth majlis for Buzurjmihr (1341)
f. 274r
Caesar's envoys before Anushirvan (1341)
f. 284r
Bahram Chubina wears the woman's clothes sent by Hurmuzd (1341)
f. 286v
Ayin Gushtasp is murdered (1341)
f. 310
The musician Barbad plays for Khusrau Parviz (1341)
f. 317v
Sa'd-i Vaqqas kills Rustam (1341)