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Accession Number:
I.O.Islamic 133
Hijri Date:
967 Dhu'l-Qa'da 18
Gregorian Date:
1560 August 20
Origin:
Shiraz
Ownership:
A Warren Hastings ms. Ethé 863. There are various seals, one an effaced royal seal and one recording the gift to Qasim Beg in Dhu'l-Hijja 971/July 1564 (f. 1r); another has the name Hasana Muhammad Shirazi, dated 967/1560.
Calligrapher:
Hasan b. Muhammad Ahsan
Folios extant in ms.:
538
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
380 x 225 mm
Text Size (h x w):
255 x 135 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Complete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
4
Illustrations in ms:
23 ( 1 frontispiece(s) 22 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
0000-00-00 00:00:00
 
Public Notes
Formerly Ethé 863. Ms. acquired by Warren Hastings. It is bound in a modern red half-morocco binding. There are various seals, one an effaced royal seal and one recording the gift to Qasim Beg in Dhu'l-Hijja 971/July 1564 (f. 1r); another has the name Hasan Muhammad Shirazi, dated 967/1560.

The ms. opens with a fine illuminated double title-page (ff. 1v-2r), for the start of the Baysunghuri preface, and there are further illuminated headings at f. 13v (start of the poem) and 270v (start of the reign of Luhrasp).

Robinson has identified the work of two artists, painter A (the first 10 paintings) and painter B (the remainder).

Bibliography

H. Ethé, Persian manuscripts in the India Office, London, 1903, pp. 548-9 (no. 863)

B.W. Robinson, Persian paintings in the India Office Library, London, 1976, pp. 89-97 (with references).

 
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:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian paintings in the India Office Library. A descriptive catalogue. Sotheby Parke Bernet. London. UK.
 
 
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f. 005v
Firdausi and the poets of Ghazna (1560)
f. 016v
Kayumars enthroned (1560)
f. 032r
The head of Iraj is brought to Faridun (1560)
f. 054r
Zal marries Rudaba (1560)
f. 076v
The King of Mazandaran changes himself into a rock (1560)
f. 096r
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1560)
f. 113v
Siyavush hunts onager with Afrasiyab (1560)
f. 127v
Zavara executes Surkha to avenge Siyavush (1560)
f. 150v
Bizhan returns to the Persian camp with the head and equipment of Palashan (1560)
f. 184v
Rustam fights Kafur the Cannibal (1560)
f. 203r
Rustam fights Barkhiyas Div (interpolation) (1560)
f. 227v
The eleventh combat: Gudarz kills Piran (1560)
f. 250r
Kay Khusrau gives a safe conduct to Afrasiyab's family (1560)
f. 270v
Luhrasp enthroned (1560)
f. 271r
Luhrasp enthroned (1560)
f. 304r
Isfandiyar besieges Arjasp's fortress (1560)
f. 321v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1560)
f. 349v
Iskandar visits Qaydafa disguised as a messenger (1560)
f. 372r
Hurmuzd before Shapur during a polo game (1560)
f. 389r
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1560)
f. 418v
Bahram Gur entertains Shangul and the seven monarchs (1560)
f. 445v
The battle between the armies of Chin and Haytal (1560)
f. 483r
Bahram Chubina acts as a king (1560)
f. 519r
The musician Barbad plays for Khusrau Parviz (1560)