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Accession Number:
I.O.Islamic 1256
Gregorian Date:
1630 (to 40)
Origin:
Isfahan
Ownership:
Ethé 868.
Folios extant in ms.:
622
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
430 x 270 mm
Text Size (h x w):
250 x 135 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
622r
Sample Page Folio:
78r
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Complete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
5
Illustrations in ms:
28 ( 27 Shahnama 1 Barzunama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
0000-00-00 00:00:00
 
Public Notes
Formerly Ethé 868. A Tipu Sultan ms. in fine and probably original of black leather with sunk gilt panels and floral medallions. Doublures are dark red with fine gold filligree over blue and green.

The ms. is superbly illuminated with a double title page (ff. 1v-2r), a double illuminated page at the start of the Baysunghuri prose preface (ff. 2v-3r), and ff. 332v-333r have illuminated headings and decorated margins (for the start of the reign of Luhrasp). The colophon on f. 622r has been painted over with gold.

The text of the poem begins on f. 10v.

The ms. contains 28 miniatures of the Isfahan style of c. 1630-40, closely modelled on the work of Riza-yi 'Abbasi. Robinson considers it possible that the best of them might be done by the young Mu'in.

The choice of subject is generally restricted to the most popular scenes, but there are two or three very uncommon ones (ff. 57v, 138v, 421v). The ms. includes the text of the Barzunama (inserted as usual, after the story of Bizhan and Manizha), and one of the paintings (f. 233v) is from the Barzunama. (Ch.M.).

Bibliography

H. Ethé, Persian manuscripts in the India Office Library, London, 1903, p. 550 (no. 868)

B.W. Robinson, Persian paintings in the India Office Library, London, 1976, pp. 212-15 (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:
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.
 
 
Illustration in archive - 28     (back to top)
622r
colophon
78r
sample page
f. 013r
Kayumars enthroned (1630)
f. 029r
The murder of Iraj (1630)
f. 042v
Rudaba lets down her hair for Zal to climb up (1630)
f. 052v
The birth of Rustam (1630)
f. 057v
Rustam fights Mihtar, kotwal of Kuh-i Sipand (1630)
f. 070v
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt (1630)
f. 079r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1630)
f. 102v
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1630)
f. 120v
Afrasiyab greets Siyavush (1630)
f. 138v
Piran and the child Kay Khusrau before Afrasiyab (1630)
f. 150v
Kay Khusrau crosses the Oxus with Farangis and Giv (1630)
f. 175v
Ruhham overcomes Bazur the Turanian wizard (1630)
f. 186r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1630)
f. 189r
Rustam overturns Chingish by seizing the tail of his horse (1630)
f. 196v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1630)
f. 207r
Rustam kills Akvan Div (1630)
f. 220v
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1630)
f. 233v
Scene from the Barzunama (1630)
f. 276v
Bizhan kills Human (1630)
f. 321v
The execution of Afrasiyab (1630)
f. 361v
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon (1630)
f. 384v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1630)
f. 421v
Iskandar sends a letter to the Faghfur of China (1630)
f. 460v
Bahram Gur enthroned after killing the lions (1630)
f. 496r
Anushirvan executes Mazdak and his followers (1630)
f. 529r
Talhand dies on the back of his elephant during the battle (1630)
f. 552r
Bahram Chubina fights Parmuda, the son of Sava Shah (1630)
f. 580v
Bahram Chubina kills Kut the Roman (1630)