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Accession Number:
I.O.Islamic 3265
Hijri Date:
1022 Dhu'l-Hijja
Gregorian Date:
1614 January (to nearest hijri month)
Origin:
Astarabad
Ownership:
Ethé 874.
Calligrapher:
Alijan b. Haydar Quli al-Harawi
Folios extant in ms.:
610
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
405 x 275 mm
Text Size (h x w):
255 x 125 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
610r
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Complete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
2
Illustrations in ms:
39 ( 38 Shahnama 1 Barzunama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
0000-00-00 00:00:00
 
Public Notes
Formerly Ethé 874. A Hailebury ms., in a modern, half-morocco red binding. The manuscript is dismantled and is kept in two parts; the folios are completely restored. There was no original subdivision into books.

The text opens with a double illuminated title-page (ff. 1v-2r), to introduce the prose preface, incipit: Hamd-u sitayish mar khuday-ra.... The margins covered with blue and gold floral arabesques, but much affected by damp. The poem itself begins on f. 6v under an illuminated heading, also damaged. The damp has also affected the end of the ms. and the reading of the colophon, which defied Ethé. The date is given by Robinson, Persian paintings in the India Office Library, London, 1976, pp. 219-26, who reproduces some of the miniatures, which he assigns to Astarabad, of the first half of the 17th century.

The text includes the Barzunama, interpolated after the story of Bizhan and Manizha. One scene of the Barzunama (f. 238v) is illustrated; the choice of remaining scenes is rather standard. They share a common layout, with a substantial section in the margin running the whole height of the text block, generally but not always an architectrural feature, from which the main action taking place within the written surface of the page is watched. The pictures are generally rather detailed, full of action and liveliness, executed with a dark palette - possibly partly the effect of the damage to the ms.

The attribution to Astarabad may be supported by the observation that the paintings tend to follow the wording of the surrounding text very closely, a characteristic that can be remarked in other examples from this region. On the whole, the text itself is close to the standard editions, though not without some reversal of lines, and omissions and additions from time to time. (Ch.M.).

See also H. Ethé, Persian manuscripts in the India Office, vol. 1, London, 1903, 552 (no. 874).

 
References
General Ref:
Richard, F. Catalogues des manuscrits persans, I Ancien Fonds. 1 Biblioheque Nationale de France. Paris. France.
General Ref:
Richard, F. Catalogues des manuscrits persans, I Ancien Fonds. 1 Biblioheque Nationale de France. Paris. France.
General Ref:
Richard, F. Catalogues des manuscrits persans, I Ancien Fonds. 1 Biblioheque Nationale de France. Paris. France.
Dating Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian epic illustration: A 'Book of Kings' of 1436-37.
Origin Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian epic illustration: A 'Book of Kings' of 1436-37.
Illustration Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian epic illustration: A 'Book of Kings' of 1436-37.
 
 
Illustration in archive - 41     (back to top)
610r
colophon
f. 001v
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1614)
f. 002r
Illuminated title page (recto side) (1614)
f. 009v
Hushang kills the Black Div (1614)
f. 015v
Zahhak hears Kava's complaint (1614)
f. 024v
The murder of Iraj (1614)
f. 029r
Manuchihr kills Tur in battle (1614)
f. 034r
The Simurgh brings Zal to Sam (1614)
f. 065v
The combat between Rustam and Afrasiyab (1614)
f. 074v
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1614)
f. 077v
The King of Mazandaran changes himself into a rock (1614)
f. 084r
Kay Kavus airborne (1614)
f. 097v
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1614)
f. 106v
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1614)
f. 116v
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1614)
f. 129r
Guruy executes Siyavush (1614)
f. 135v
Rustam kills Pilsam (1614)
f. 139r
Giv finds Kay Khusrau in Turan (1614)
f. 179r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1614)
f. 188v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1614)
f. 198r
Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea (1614)
f. 201r
Bizhan slaughters the wild boar (1614)
f. 213v
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1614)
f. 238v
Barzu's mother prevents Rustam from killing Barzu (1614)
f. 325r
The execution of Afrasiyab (1614)
f. 340r
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum (1614)
f. 361r
Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar (1614)
f. 374v
Rustam kicks aside the rock pushed by Bahman (1614)
f. 386v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1614)
f. 391v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1614)
f. 454r
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1614)
f. 459r
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1614)
f. 464v
A drunken shoemaker rides on Bahram Gur's escaped lion (1614)
f. 480v
Bahram Gur wrestles before Shangul (1614)
f. 523v
Buzurjmihr demonstrates how to play the game of chess (1614)
f. 535v
Bahram Chubina defeats the army of Sava Shah (1614)
f. 564r
Bahram Chubina kills Kut the Roman (1614)
f. 573v
The captive Qulun mortally wounds Bahram Chubina (1614)
f. 582v
Shirin greets Khusrau Parviz returning from the hunt (1614)
f. 602r
Sa'd-i Vaqqas kills Rustam (1614)
f. 606v
The miller assassinates Yazdagird (1614)
f. 609r
Bizhan kills Mahuy to avenge Yazdagird (1614)