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Accession Number:
I.O.Islamic 3540
Gregorian Date:
1590 (circa)
Origin:
Shiraz
Ownership:
Ethé 2992. Ex Warren Hastings. Ownership stamps dated 1169/1756, 1181/1767-8, and 1192/1778 on fol. 1r.
Folios extant in ms.:
569
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
460 x 295 mm
Text Size (h x w):
265 x 150 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Complete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
6
Illustrations in ms:
59 ( 3 frontispiece(s) 2 finispiece(s) 50 Shahnama 4 Barzunama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
0000-00-00 00:00:00
 
Public Notes
Formerly Ethé 2992. This a lavish and magnificently decorated ms. in the pure Shirazi style, on a handsome scale. It has an illuminated double title page (ff. 1v-2r) and another double page iillumination at the beginning of the poem (ff. 15v-16r). The section headings are illuminated throughout.

The text begins with the Baysunghur preface, ending on f. 15r.

Pages opposite illustrations are decorated with interlinear cloud patterns, as is the text on illustrated folios, which also have floral motifs in gold in the margins. Several pages with illustrations on the recto side are preceded by page of illuminated chalipa script (e.g. ff. 105v-106r, 115v-116r, etc.). Many paintings have banners and ribbons protruding beyond picture margins and text block.

Robinson, India Office Library, p. 124, detects the work of two painters, one of whom he identifies as Zain al-'Abidin.

The binding is modern scarlet morocco.

Bibliography:

Ethe, H., Persian manuscripts in the India Office Library, p. 1626

Robinson, B.W., Persian paintings in the India Office Library, London, 1976, pp. 124-36, with references.

(A.M.)

 
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.
 
 
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f. 001v
Sulayman enthroned (frontispiece) (1590)
f. 002v
Bilqis enthroned (frontispiece) (1590)
f. 010r
Firdausi at the bathhouse (1590)
f. 017r
Kayumars enthroned (1590)
f. 025r
Faridun defeats Zahhak (1590)
f. 035r
Manuchihr kills Tur in battle (1590)
f. 044r
Rudaba and Zal together (1590)
f. 054r
The birth of Rustam (1590)
f. 071v
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1590)
f. 091r
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1590)
f. 098r
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1590)
f. 106r
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1590)
f. 116r
Guruy executes Siyavush (1590)
f. 121v
Rustam fights Afrasiyab, Human and the Turanians (1590)
f. 130r
Kay Khusrau assembles his court (1590)
f. 138v
Tus's army pillages Farud's castle (1590)
f. 144v
Bizhan takes Kava's standard from Fariburz (1590)
f. 153r
Ruhham overcomes Bazur the Turanian wizard (1590)
f. 166r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1590)
f. 176r
Rustam leads an attack on the Turanians' allies (1590)
f. 183r
Rustam fights Kafur the Cannibal (1590)
f. 195v
Piran stays the execution of Bizhan (1590)
f. 206r
Rustam and Bizhan carry out a raid on Afrasiyab's palace (1590)
f. 219r
Scene from the Barzunama (1590)
f. 225r
Scene from the Barzunama (1590)
f. 238v
Scene from the Barzunama (1590)
f. 242r
Scene from the Barzunama (1590)
f. 254v
Bizhan kills Human (1590)
f. 262r
Giv fights Lahhak and Farshidvard (1590)
f. 274r
Kay Khusrau prepares to ride against Afrasiyab (1590)
f. 281v
Kay Khusrau kills Aila (1590)
f. 288v
Kay Khusrau gives a safe conduct to Afrasiyab's family (1590)
f. 299r
The execution of Afrasiyab (1590)
f. 307v
Luhrasp enthroned (1590)
f. 308r
Luhrasp enthroned (1590)
f. 315r
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1590)
f. 324v
Nivzar dies in battle (1590)
f. 339v
Isfandiyar besieges Arjasp's fortress (1590)
f. 356r
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1590)
f. 361v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1590)
f. 373r
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1590)
f. 381r
Iskandar visits the Ka'ba (1590)
f. 390r
Iskandar builds a wall against Gog and Magog (1590)
f. 401v
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1590)
f. 411r
Bahram Gur hunts lion (1590)
f. 416v
Bahram Gur captures the Khaqan of Chin (1590)
f. 429r
The battle between Khushnavaz and Piruz (1590)
f. 441v
Anushirvan sacks the fortress of Arayish-i Rum (1590)
f. 454r
The battle between the armies of Chin and Haytal (1590)
f. 463v
Buzurjmihr demonstrates how to play the game of chess (1590)
f. 477v
Anushirvan besieges the Rumis in Aleppo (1590)
f. 490v
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1590)
f. 502r
Binduy and Gustaham blind Hurmuzd (1590)
f. 519r
Khusrau Parviz with Maryam (1590)
f. 528v
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion (1590)
f. 536v
Gurdiya is given a warm reception by Khusrau Parviz (1590)
f. 547v
Shiruy's followers find Khusrau Parviz in the garden (1590)
f. 561r
Sa'd-i Vaqqas kills Rustam (1590)
f. 568v
Finispiece (verso side) (1590)
f. 569r
Finispiece (recto side) (1590)