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Accession Number:
Oriental 1403
Hijri Date:
841 Ramadan 11
Gregorian Date:
1438 March 17
South Provincial Timurid
Jules Mohl (d. 1876).
Fayd ??? b. Muhammad Shirazi
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 27
Page Size (h x w):
270 x 160 mm
Text Size (h x w):
196 x 127 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
92 ( 2 frontispiece(s) 90 Shahnama 2 other [ Introduction ] )
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Date last updated:
2009-08-06 00:00:00
Public Notes
This interesting ms. belonged to the French scholar and translator of the Shahnama, Jules Mohl, whose annotations may be seen on the margins of the preface. He did not state where he acquired it, and its origin remains controversial. Norah Titley provides persuasive evidence for an Indian origin, at the court of the Delhi Sultanate.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Titley, N.M. Miniatures from Persian manuscripts. Catalogue and subject index of paintings from Persia, India and Turkey in the British Library and British Museum. London. UK.
Illustration Ref:
Titley, N.M. Miniatures from Persian manuscripts. Catalogue and subject index of paintings from Persia, India and Turkey in the British Library and British Museum. London. UK.
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Firdausi and the poets of Ghazna (1438)
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Frontispiece (verso side) (1438)
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Frontispiece (recto side) (1438)
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In praise of Sultan Mahmud (1438)
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Kayumars enthroned (1438)
f. 014v
Kayumars sends his grandson, Hushang, to fight the Divs (1438)
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Tahmuras enthroned (1438)
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Jamshid teaches the crafts (1438)
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Zahhak enthroned (1438)
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Faridun enthroned (1438)
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Manuchihr appoints Nauzar before dying (1438)
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Nauzar enthroned (1438)
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Zal leads his army to fight Afrasiyab (1438)
f. 063v
Qarin fights Shamasas (1438)
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Kay Kavus enthroned (1438)
f. 072r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1438)
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Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1438)
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Siyavush in Sudaba's private quarters (1438)
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The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1438)
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Guruy executes Siyavush (1438)
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Rustam kills Pilsam (1438)
f. 138v
Kay Khusrau crosses the Oxus with Farangis and Giv (1438)
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Kay Khusrau reviews his troops (1438)
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The death of Farud (1438)
f. 159v
Tus kills Arzhang (1438)
f. 161v
The Turanians use sorcery against the Iranians in battle (1438)
f. 171r
Rustam captures and kills Kamus (1438)
f. 172r
Rustam overturns Chingish by seizing the tail of his horse (1438)
f. 177v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1438)
f. 183v
Rustam overthrows Puladvand (1438)
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Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea (1438)
f. 187v
Bizhan slaughters the wild boar (1438)
f. 190v
Bizhan is brought to the pit (1438)
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Bizhan kills Human (1438)
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Giv fights Piran (1438)
f. 215v
The first combat: Fariburz kills Gulbad (1438)
f. 217v
The eleventh combat: Gudarz kills Piran (1438)
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Gustaham pursues Lahhak and Farshidvard (1438)
f. 225v
The armies of Iran and Turan draw up their battle lines (1438)
f. 228v
Kay Khusrau kills Shida (1438)
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Kay Khusrau enthroned celebrates his victory over Afrasiyab (1438)
f. 242v
Hum captures Afrasiyab (1438)
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Luhrasp enthroned (1438)
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Gushtasp seeks work in Rum with the smith Burab (1438)
f. 254r
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum (1438)
f. 255v
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1438)
f. 257v
Gushtasp kills Ilyas in combat (1438)
f. 259v
Luhrasp speaks with his son Gushtasp (1438)
f. 264r
The start of the battle between the armies of Gushtasp and Arjasp (1438)
f. 265r
Bidarafsh kills Zarir, the brother of Gushtasp (1438)
f. 266v
Isfandiyar kills Bidarafsh (1438)
f. 269r
Gushtasp puts Isfandiyar in chains (1438)
f. 274r
Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar (1438)
f. 275v
Isfandiyar's first labour: he fights the wolves (1438)
f. 276r
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions (1438)
f. 277r
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon (1438)
f. 277v
Isfandiyar's fourth labour: he kills the sorceress (1438)
f. 278r
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1438)
f. 280v
Isfandiyar disguised as a merchant before Arjasp (1438)
f. 282r
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters (1438)
f. 287v
Rustam kicks aside the rock pushed by Bahman (1438)
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Zal summons the Simurgh to restore Rakhsh and Rustam to health (1438)
f. 297v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1438)
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Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1438)
f. 305r
The execution of Faramarz (1438)
f. 306r
The laundryman rescues Darab from the water (1438)
f. 311v
Iskandar with Dara (1438)
f. 313v
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1438)
f. 318r
The nine wisemen bring Kayd's daughter from India (1438)
f. 320v
Iskandar kills Fur (1438)
f. 323r
Iskandar visits Qaydafa disguised as a messenger (1438)
f. 328r
Khizr at the Fountain of Life (1438)
f. 328v
Iskandar encounters Israfil (1438)
f. 329r
Iskandar builds a wall against Gog and Magog (1438)
f. 330r
Iskandar and the talking tree (1438)
f. 331v
Approaching Babylon Iskandar meets Gushbistar (1438)
f. 338r
The execution of Ardavan by Ardashir (1438)
f. 339r
Haftvad's daughter spinning in the garden (1438)
f. 341r
Ardashir pours molten lead down the worm's throat (1438)
f. 343v
Mihrak's daughter converses with Shapur (1438)
f. 352v
Shapur imprisoned in an ass's skin at the court of Caesar (1438)
f. 359v
Bahram Gur's mount tramples Azada (1438)
f. 360v
Yazdagird's body is taken back to Fars (1438)
f. 363v
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1438)
f. 366v
Baraham the Jew makes Bahram Gur sweep up horse droppings (1438)
f. 368v
A drunken shoemaker rides on Bahram Gur's escaped lion (1438)
f. 370r
Bahram Gur and the miller's daughters (1438)
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Bahram Gur hunts lions (1438)
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Bahram Gur kills the dragon that had killed a youth (1438)
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Bahram Gur kills a dragon in India (1438)
f. 396v
Anushirvan executes Mazdak and his followers (1438)
f. 397r
Qubad names Anushirvan as crown prince (1438)
f. 419v
Buzurjmihr demonstrates how to play the game of chess (1438)
f. 425r
Gav looks at Talhand's body on the battlefield (1438)