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Accession Number:
Lewis O. 52
Hijri Date:
996 Rabi' II
Gregorian Date:
1588 February (to nearest hijri month)
Origin:
Ottoman Baghdad ?
Ownership:
Bookplate of Oliver H. Perkins. Purchased Tehran, 1903.
Folios extant in ms.:
514
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
340 x 212 mm
Text Size (h x w):
220 x 126 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
506r
Sample Page Folio:
22r
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Truncated
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
3
Illustrations in ms:
34 ( 28 Shahnama 1 Barzunama 5 other [ Bahmannama ] )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
bilha
Date last updated:
2009-01-12 15:12
 
Public Notes
The recording of this manuscript is based on a brief inspection by Ch. Melville. in June 2006, when the leaves were paginated, starting with the flyleaves at the beginning, and a further examination in November 2008. A copy of the Sale catalogue is pasted onto the flyleaves at the end.

The ms. is an example of the "truncated" Shahnamas identified as a group by Karin Ruhrdanz, which also associates their production with Ottoman Baghdad. Simsar considered the paintings to be of the Safavid school, executed much later than the ms. itself, an opinion that cannot now be sustained. The manuscript includes the Barzunama, from f. 215v.

The volume is bound in heavy leather with blind-pressed medallions in gold; the outside has a red inner field with a medallion and pendants in black (Simsar); dimensions of the volume: 343 x 215 mm. The paper is 'glazed native paper of ivory finish' (Simsar). The margins are ruled in red, blue and gold and the rubrics written in either gold or red ink.

There is a shamsa on f. 9r, followed by the 'older' (Abu Mansuri) preface (ff. 9v-15r), starting on a double carpet page (ff. 9v-10r). The text of the Shahnama starts on f. 15v, under an illuminated unvan. Four further unvans (ff. 109v, 149v, 384v and 472v) introduce new sections of the text.

See the catalogue by Simsar, pp. 79-82, for a list of the illuminations and paintings contained in the ms. After f. 265v, all his page numbers are one to low.

Project Notes
New images entered for folios: 18v, 35r, 64r, 71v, 292v, 365r, 382r. Bilha
 
References
General Ref:
Ruhrdanz, K. About a group of truncated Shahnamas: A case study in the commercial production of illustrated manuscripts in the second part of the sixteenth century. (in Muqarnas) 14 (1997) pp. 118-34 Brill. Leiden. Netherlands.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Ruhrdanz, K. About a group of truncated Shahnamas: A case study in the commercial production of illustrated manuscripts in the second part of the sixteenth century. (in Muqarnas) 14 (1997) pp. 118-34 Brill. Leiden. Netherlands.
Illustration Ref:
Simsar, M.A. Oriental manuscripts of the John Frederick Lewis Collection in the Free Library of Philadelphia: a descriptive catalogue. Philadelphia. USA.
 
 
Illustration in archive - 43     (back to top)
506r
colophon
22r
sample page
Doublure (1588)
f. 009r
Shamsa (1588)
f. 009v
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1588)
f. 015v
Illuminated unvan (1588)
f. 018v
Kayumars enthroned (1588)
f. 028r
Faridun binds Zahhak (1588)
f. 035r
The murder of Iraj (1588)
f. 043r
The Simurgh bids farewell to Sam's son (1588)
f. 058v
Zal marries Rudaba (1588)
f. 064r
The second battle between Nauzar and Afrasiyab (1588)
f. 071v
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt (1588)
f. 080v
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1588)
f. 089v
Kay Kavus airborne (1588)
f. 104v
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1588)
f. 114v
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1588)
f. 145v
Kay Khusrau crosses the Oxus with Farangis and Giv (1588)
f. 158r
The Iranians mourn Farud (1588)
f. 184r
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1588)
f. 187r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1588)
f. 197v
Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea (1588)
f. 204r
Garsivaz arrests Bizhan in Manizha's appartments (1588)
f. 204r
Garsivaz arrests Bizhan in Manizha's appartments (1588)
f. 213r
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1588)
f. 238r
Barzu's mother prevents Rustam from killing Barzu (1588)
f. 265v
Bizhan kills Human (1588)
f. 277v
The first combat: Fariburz kills Gulbad (1588)
f. 292v
Kay Khusrau kills Shida (1588)
f. 310r
The execution of Garsivaz (1588)
f. 345v
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1588)
f. 365r
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1588)
f. 382r
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1588)
f. 415v
Scene from the Bahmannama (1588)
f. 438r
Scene from the Bahmannama (1588)
f. 442r
Scene from the Bahmannama (1588)
f. 456v
Scene from the Bahmannama (1588)
f. 469r
Scene from the Bahmannama (1588)
f. 473v
Illuminated unvan (1588)
f. 482v
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1588)
f. 499r
Khizr at the Fountain of Life (1588)
f. 505r
Iskandar dies in Babylon (1588)