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Details
Accession Number:
I.O.Islamic 3254
Gregorian Date:
1590 (to 1600)
Origin:
Qazvin or Isfahan
Ownership:
Ethé 880.
Folios extant in ms.:
371
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
335 x 215 mm
Text Size (h x w):
240 x 150 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
371r
Sample Page Folio:
2v
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Incomplete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
2
Illustrations in ms:
49 ( 39 Shahnama 10 Barzunama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
2010-02-09 07:22
 
Public Notes
Formerly Ethé 880. A Hailebury manuscript. An incomplete copy of the Shahnama, ending with the reign of Hurmuzd son of Shapur. There is no prose preface, and the text is not divided into sections. The ms. is bound in a 19th-century European calf binding.

The ms. has a double illuminated title page for the start of the poem (ff. 1v-2r), of good quality but rather rubbed. It contains a copy of the Barzunama, inserted after the story of Bizhan and Manizha. Ten scenes from the Barzunama have been illustrated, a high proportion of the whole.

Robinson dates the ms. to the decade 1590-1600, either Qazvin or Isfahan, but noting its slightly crude colouring and execution. Many miniatures have suffered from oxydisation, and from repainting in India. Two of them (ff. 40v, 138v) are entirely Indian and have been pasted onto the text, with which they have little connection.

The order of the folios has been disturbed in the chaper on the Davazdah Rukh: the correct order (of the paintings) should be: f. 215r, 225r, 231r, 233r, 230r. In general, the text is a good copy, close to the standard edition of Mohl. (Ch.M.)

Bibliography

H. Ethé, Persian manuscripts in the India Office, London, 1903, p. 554 (no. 880)

B.W. Robinson, Persian paintings in the India Office Library, London, 1976, pp. 192-6

 
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 - 52     (back to top)
371r
colophon
2v
sample page
f. 001v
Illuminated title page (verso side)
f. 002r
Illuminated title page (recto side)
f. 029v
Rustam kills Qulun
f. 037v
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div
f. 040v
f. 075v
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab
f. 089v
Rustam kills Pilsam
f. 098v
Giv finds Kay Khusrau in Turan
f. 110r
Bizhan kills Palashan
f. 116v
Giv kills Tahzav in revenge for the death of Bahram
f. 130v
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse
f. 138v
f. 145v
Rustam wrestles with Puladvand
f. 150v
Bizhan slaughters the wild boar
f. 168v
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 172r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 176r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 182v
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 187v
Barzu's mother prevents Rustam from killing Barzu (1590)
f. 192r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 198r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 199v
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 202r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 205r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 211v
The armies of Turan and Iran facing each other
f. 216v
Bizhan kills Human
f. 218r
Piran learns about the death of Nastihan
f. 225r
Giv fights Lahhak and Farshidvard
f. 230v
Gustaham pursues Lahhak and Farshidvard
f. 231r
The Turanian forces before the single combats of the eleven champions
f. 233r
The eleventh combat: Gudarz kills Piran
f. 243v
Kay Khusrau kills Shida
f. 252v
The Iranians repel Afrasiyab's night attack
f. 255v
Kay Khusrau defeats and kills the King of Makran
f. 260v
The execution of Afrasiyab
f. 270v
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum
f. 272r
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum
f. 274r
Gushtasp kills Ilyas in combat
f. 281r
The start of the battle between the armies of Gushtasp and Arjasp
f. 284r
Isfandiyar kills Bidarafsh
f. 288r
The death of Luhrasp in battle against the forces of Arjasp
f. 292r
Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar
f. 294r
Isfandiyar gives thanks for God for helping him to kill the wolves
f. 295r
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon
f. 300r
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters
f. 317r
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow
f. 324v
The execution of Faramarz
f. 341r
Iskandar kills Fur
f. 343r
Iskandar with Queen Qaydafa and her court
f. 347v
Iskandar kills a dragon
f. 359v
The execution of Ardavan by Ardashir