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Spencer Pers. ms. 2
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Accession Number:
Spencer Pers. ms. 2
Hijri Date:
Gregorian Date:
1614 (to nearest hijri year)
Shiraz ?
Effaced seal, f. 613r.
Mirza Muhammad Sharifa, vizier
Muhammad 'Ali
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
367 x 215 mm
Text Size (h x w):
226 x 117 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Num Other Colophons:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Search not completed
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
46 ( 2 frontispiece(s) 43 Shahnama 1 other [ Preface ] )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2014-03-08 04:02
Public Notes
The problems of dating this ms. are discussed in the catalogue by Barbara Schmitz. The paintings, although in an archaising style that owes much to the famous Baysunghur Shahnama of 1430, are painted much later than the date of the production of the manuscript (1023/1614), probably in the early 20th c.
Project Notes
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Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Schmitz, B. Islamic manuscripts in the New York Public Library. OUP. New York. USA.
Illustration Ref:
Schmitz, B. Islamic manuscripts in the New York Public Library. OUP. New York. USA.
Illustration in archive - 46     (back to top)
f. 002v
Frontispiece (verso side) (1900)
f. 003r
Frontispiece (recto side) (1900)
f. 005r
Firdausi at the bathhouse (1900)
f. 012v
The Div Khazarvan fights Siyamak (1900)
f. 022r
Faridun binds Zahhak (1900)
f. 028r
The murder of Iraj (1900)
f. 041v
Rudaba lets down her hair for Zal to climb up (1900)
f. 052v
The birth of Rustam (1900)
f. 063v
Rustam catches Rakhsh (1900)
f. 066r
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt (1900)
f. 072r
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon (1900)
f. 074v
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1900)
f. 097r
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1900)
f. 104v
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1900)
f. 114v
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1900)
f. 127r
Guruy executes Siyavush (1900)
f. 134v
Human attacks Rustam to allow Afrasiyab to escape (1900)
f. 141v
Farangis releases Piran from Giv (1900)
f. 143r
The boatman asks pardon of Kay Khusrau for having refused him passage (1900)
f. 146v
Kay Khusrau enthroned (1900)
f. 164r
Giv captures Tazhav (1900)
f. 180r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1900)
f. 182r
Rustam captures and kills Kamus (1900)
f. 191v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1900)
f. 201v
Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea (1900)
f. 205v
Manizha's nurse speaks with Bizhan (1900)
f. 219r
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1900)
f. 246v
The eleventh combat: Gudarz kills Piran (1900)
f. 261v
Kay Khusrau throws Shida to the ground (1900)
f. 283r
The execution of Afrasiyab (1900)
f. 291v
Kay Khusrau gives up his throne to Luhrasp (1900)
f. 292r
Kay Khusrau gives up his throne to Luhrasp (1900)
f. 334r
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon (1614)
f. 341v
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters (1614)
f. 367v
Zal summons the Simurgh to restore Rakhsh and Rustam to health (1614)
f. 371r
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1614)
f. 379r
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1614)
f. 385r
Bahman fights Faramarz
f. 434r
Ardashir kills Mihrak Nushzad (1614)
f. 454r
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1614)
f. 459r
Bahram Gur enthroned after killing the lions (1614)
f. 491v
Anushirvan executes Mazdak and his followers (1614)
f. 540v
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1614)
f. 575r
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion (1614)
f. 580r
Gurdiya kills Tuvurg (1614)
f. 586v
Shirin greets Khusrau Parviz on his way to the hunt (1900)