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Accession Number:
Oriental 371
Title of Work:
Tarikh-i Dilgusha-yi Shamshirkhani
Tavakkul Muhammad Beg Husaini
Hijri Date:
1155 Sha'ban 17
Gregorian Date:
1742 October 16
G. W. Hamilton
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
1 x 17
Page Size (h x w):
345 x 190 mm
Text Size (h x w):
272 x 133 mm
Colophon Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
No illustrations at the moment
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
76 ( 5 Barzunama 71 other [ Muntakhab ] )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2007-09-27 02:12:01
Public Notes

The manuscript is preserved in a modern red leather binding with gold lettering on the spine, stamped gold central lozenge and two pendants, and corner pieces, with a gold border. Doublures of plain thick paper. The text starts on fol. 2v under a dull gold and faded pale blue unvan, 125 x 130 mm. The catchwords are in place throughout.

The paper is thick and creamy, without watermarks. The manuscript is in good condition and is a carefully made and attractive copy. Rubrics and other text headings are in red. The rubrics are not ruled. The margins are ruled with thin blue, space, two thin black with gold, thick gold, thin blue, thin space and tomato red.

The miniatures are neat and bright, well drawn and with delicate details. The skies are particularly fine; the elements of the narrative are generally reduced to a minimum.

A detailed colophon on fol. 232r gives the date and the name of the scribe, and mentions that the work was copied in 22 sections (juz') in 6 chapters (daftar), with 75 illustrations. In fact, there are 76. Many of these are inserted in passages of poetry rather than prose and so the equivalent lines in Mohl are recorded as 'break-lines'. The subject matter of the paintings mirrors the choice of scenes commonly chosen to illustrate the Shahnama itself.

An owner's seal is found on fol. 3r.

General Ref:
Rieu, C. Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum. 1 London. UK.
Illustration in archive - 7     (back to top)
f. 003r
Firdausi and his book introduced to Sultan Mahmud (1742)
f. 005v
The four Caliphs (1742)
f. 006r
Kayumars enthroned (1742)
f. 007r
Hushang enthroned (1742)
f. 126v
Bizhan comes to Manizha's tent (1742)
f. 127v
Bizhan brought before Afrasiyab (1742)
f. 131v
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1742)