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Details
Accession Number:
Persan 228
Hijri Date:
895 Ramadan 22
Gregorian Date:
1490 August 17
Origin:
Turkman style/Iran,provincial
Ownership:
Bought for the Bibliotheque du roi in 1729-30 in Constantinople by abbe Francois Sevin for 29 "piastres" (f.1r a stamp of Biblitheca Regie)
Calligrapher:
Darvish Fakhr ad-Din 'Ali b. Khwaja Jamal ad-Din Husayn b. Khwaja Fakhr ad-Din 'Ali Balyanii al-Murshidi, known as Shahnama-khwan
Folios extant in ms.:
460
Estimated num folios in ms.:
460
Columns x Rows:
4 x 29
Page Size (h x w):
350 x 240 mm
Text Size (h x w):
266 x 170 mm
Script:
Cursive Naskh
Colophon Folio:
460r
Sample Page Folio:
046v
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Complete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
0
Illustrations in ms:
11 ( 11 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
2006-02-05 00:00:00
 
Public Notes
The ms. opens with the prose introduction in Baysunqur version, ff.2v-7r, incipit: ... an bih ki kunand... The very first words are missing because the unvan with a fragment of the text was torn off. A second sarlauh (f. 7v) at the start of the poem is of a very refined hand, delicate and very pretty, of an excellent lapis colour, "in a slightly archaising style" (Richard, p. 113).

The naskh handwriting is neither careful nor beautiful and quite hard to read. A later hand has added titles in large nasta'liq in the margins; throughout the ms., there are many marginal additions (F.A.).

The origin of the ms. is uncertain. Stchoukine, following the unpublished notes of Robinson, concluded it was a "provincial" production; the calligrapher's nisba, Balyani, indicates that he was from Shiraz province, probably Kazarun, without this being decisive. Fr. Richard defines it as Turkman, thus by period rather than by place of production.

There are currently no images available for this ms.

Bibliography

E. Blochet, Catalogue des manuscrits persans, vol. III, no. 1164

I. Stchoukine. Les peintures des mannuscrits Timurides, Paris, 1954, p. 62, no. LII

F. Richard, Catalogue des manuscrits persans: t. 1, Anciens fonds, Paris, 1989, pp. 235-6

F. Richard, Les Splendeurs persanes, Paris, 1997, p. 113

 
References
General Ref:
Richard, F. Les Splendeurs persanes. Manuscrits du XIIe au XVIIe siècle. Bibliothèque nationale de France. Paris. France.
General Ref:
Sims, E. The illustrated manuscripts of Firdausi's Shahnama commissioned by princes of the house of Timur. (in Ars Orientalis) 22 (1993) pp. 43-68
General Ref:
Norgren, J. & Davis, E. Preliminary index of Shah-nameh illustrations. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor. USA.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Richard, F. Les Splendeurs persanes. Manuscrits du XIIe au XVIIe siècle. Bibliothèque nationale de France. Paris. France.
Folio Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration Ref:
Richard, F. Catalogues des manuscrits persans, I Ancien Fonds. 1 Biblioheque Nationale de France. Paris. France.