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Accession Number:
History 212
Gregorian Date:
19th century (second quarter)
Mughal India
Folios extant in ms.:
Estimated num folios in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
252 x 144 mm
Text Size (h x w):
183 x 88 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Defective at end
Completion Status:
Search not completed
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
44 ( 40 Shahnama 4 Barzunama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2020-03-10 16:44
Public Notes
Plain tan leather spine and half-calf binding, dark blue cloth cover, plain paper doublure with library marks and stamps. Flyleaf with further stamps.

Fols. 1v-2r have a nice double illuminated title page for the Preface, which continues to f. 12v. Fols. 13r to 14r are blank.

The poem starts on fol. 14v, incipit normative under a less elaborate and refined illuminated headpiece. Fol. 15r is renumbered as fol.1r and this foliation is then followed throughout.

The text is defective at the end, breaking off shortly after the execution of Afrasiyab, at M.

The paper is browned and sometimes heavily stained; the majority of pages have been coated in a thin gauze, greatly dulling the appearance of an otherwise rather clear and elegant calligraphic hand. The catchwords are mainly in place. The text blocks have clearly in the past lifted from the page and are now pasted down rather crudely.

There are 44 paintings, quite neatly executed and detailed. It is noticeable that almost all of them have a rubric above them, which indicates the subject.

There is an interpolated Barzunama from fol. 209r, with four paintings.

Project Notes
BS: perhaps Delhi, or Alwar.

See by ChM, 10-11 March 2020.

Dating Ref:
Schmitz, B. Manuscripts of Firdausi's Shahnama in Indian Museums, Libraries, and Private Collections.
Origin Ref:
Schmitz, B. Manuscripts of Firdausi's Shahnama in Indian Museums, Libraries, and Private Collections.
Illustration in archive - 44     (back to top)
f. 003r
Kayumars enthroned
f. 004r
Hushang enthroned
f. 004v
Tahmuras enthroned
f. 005r
Jamshid enthroned
f. 008r
Zahhak enthroned
f. 013r
Faridun enthroned
f. 031r
The murder of Iraj
f. 035r
Manuchihr kills Tur in battle
f. 036v
Manuchihr kills Salm
f. 038r
Manuchihr enthroned
f. 040r
The Simurgh brings Zal to Sam
f. 055r
The birth of Rustam
f. 058v
Zav, son of Tahmasp, enthroned
f. 063r
Afrasiyab executes Nauzar
f. 064v
Zav, son of Tahmasp, enthroned
f. 065r
Garshasp enthroned
f. 067r
Kay Qubad enthroned
f. 067v
The combat between Rustam and Afrasiyab
f. 070v
Kay Kavus enthroned
f. 073v
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon
f. 074r
Rustam's fourth labour: he kills the witch
f. 084r
Kay Kavus airborne
f. 097r
Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab
f. 105r
The fire ordeal of Siyavush
f. 111v
Siyavush sends a message to Afrasiyab
f. 125r
Guruy executes Siyavush
f. 140r
Kay Khusrau enthroned
f. 147r
Farud kills Zarasp
f. 155r
f. 171v
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse
f. 188v
Kay Khusrau receives Rustam after he has killed Akvan Div
f. 190v
Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea
f. 206r
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit
f. 208r
Rustam comes before Kay Khusrau after returning with Bizhan
f. 215v
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 238r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 242r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 246r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 257r
Bizhan kills Human
f. 270r
The eleventh combat: Gudarz kills Piran
f. 282r
Kay Khusrau kills Shida
f. 285v
Kay Khusrau kills Aila
f. 299r
Afrasiyab rises from the water as Garsivaz is tortured
f. 300r
The execution of Afrasiyab