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Accession Number:
1063 F
Hijri Date:
1085 Dhu'l-Hijja
Gregorian Date:
1675 February (to nearest hijri month)
Qajar Iran
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
350 x 225 mm
Text Size (h x w):
258 x 165 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Search not completed
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
85 ( 85 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2014-10-09 09:36
Public Notes
This ms. was originally meant to be illustrated; according to the colophon, it was copied in 1086/1675, but the intended pictures were evidently not carried out. It seems that the empty spaces were never filled until the late 18th or early 19th century, when the current illustrations were added. The illuminations of two section headers (ff. 1r, 4v), however, must be contemporaneous with the production of the ms.

It is difficult to assign the school of painting: probably from Qajar Iran. There is no indication of the painter; however, European influence is visible throughout the paintings.

The ms. opens with a non-standard incipit: kasarandeh-ye kayan-ast va chareh-i andar manandegan-ast (f. 1- 4v).

For a detailed description of the ms. and its illustration, see Bagher Najafi, pp. 326-34.

Project Notes
Choose sample page from Najafi photos; add illumination images too.

Some of trhe paintings in this ms. do not match the text and need to be resolved.

General Ref:
Najafi, Sayyid Muhammad Baqer Shahnama-yi Iran. Handschriften-Sammlung von Firdusis Schahnameh in Iran. Langenhagen. Germany.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Mahdavi, M. Amin Amin Mahdavi's Personal Inspection Notes.
Illustration Ref:
Mahdavi, M. Amin Amin Mahdavi's Personal Inspection Notes.
Illustration in archive - 84     (back to top)
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f. 007r
Kayumars enthroned
f. 016v
Faridun enthroned
f. 021v
Iraj with his brothers Salm and Tur
f. 022r
The murder of Iraj
f. 023r
The head of Iraj is brought to Faridun
f. 027r
Manuchihr kills Tur in battle
f. 028v
Manuchihr kills Salm
f. 035v
Rudaba lets down her hair for Zal to climb up
f. 038v
Mihrab hears of Zal
f. 044v
Zal displays his skills before Manuchihr
f. 045v
Sindukht meets Sam
f. 046v
The birth of Rustam
f. 047v
The birth of Rustam
f. 048v
Rustam kills Zal's white elephant
f. 051r
Manuchihr enthroned
f. 053v
The battle between Qarin and Afrasiyab
f. 056r
Zal shoots Gulbad
f. 060r
Rustam enthroned with Kay Qubad on Mount Alburz
f. 060v
Rustam kills Qulun
f. 061v
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt
f. 066v
Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion
f. 067v
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon
f. 069r
Rustam's sixth labour: he kills Arzhang
f. 070r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div
f. 072r
Rustam meets Kay Kavus after the battle with the king of Mazandaran
f. 075r
Kay Kavus marries Sudaba
f. 078v
Gudarz reproaches Kay Kavus
f. 083r
Tahmina visits Rustam's chamber
f. 085r
Suhrab fights Gurdafarid
f. 093v
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity
f. 095v
Tahmina learns of Suhrab's death
f. 102r
The fire ordeal of Siyavush
f. 113r
Piran proposes his daughter as a wife for Siyavush
f. 114v
Siyavush marries Farangis
f. 124v
Guruy executes Siyavush
f. 130r
Faramarz kills Varazad
f. 131r
Zavara executes Surkha to avenge Siyavush
f. 136r
Rustam fights the Turanians
f. 137v
Gulbad and Nastahin flee from Giv
f. 152r
Farud kills Rivniz
f. 154r
Bizhan fights Farud on foot
f. 156r
Bizhan returns to the Persian camp with the head and equipment of Palashan
f. 157v
Bizhan pursues Tazhav, who carries Ispanay on his horse
f. 161r
Rivniz dies, but Bahram saves his crown
f. 163r
Giv kills Tahzav in revenge for the death of Bahram
f. 166v
Human fights Tus
f. 179r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse
f. 181r
Rustam captures and kills Kamus
f. 182r
Rustam overturns Chingish by seizing the tail of his horse
f. 187v
The start of the fight between Shangul and Rustam
f. 189v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso
f. 192r
Afrasiyab learns of the defeat of the Turanian army
f. 193v
Rustam fights Kafur the Cannibal
f. 194v
Afrasiyab learns of Rustam's arrival
f. 197v
Rustam wrestles with Puladvand
f. 200v
Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea
f. 207r
Bizhan brought before Afrasiyab
f. 216v
Rustam fights Barkhiyas Div (interpolation)
f. 219r
Rustam and Bizhan defeat Afrasiyab in battle
f. 229r
Bizhan kills Human
f. 230r
Nastihan makes a night attack and is killed by Bizhan
f. 237v
Giv fights Lahhak and Farshidvard
f. 241r
The fourth combat: Furuhil kills Zangala
f. 241v
The sixth combat: Bizhan kills Ruyin
f. 243r
The eleventh combat: Gudarz kills Piran
f. 246v
Bizhan discovers the wounded Gustaham
f. 248r
Kay Khusrau kills Guruy
f. 257r
Kay Khusrau kills Shida
f. 258v
A full scale battle between the armies of Iran and Turan
f. 265r
Kay Khusrau besieges Gang Dizh
f. 271v
Kay Khusrau defeats and kills the King of Makran
f. 274v
Kay Kavus and Kay Khusrau meet and discuss the elimination of Afrasiyab
f. 277r
The execution of Afrasiyab
f. 287v
Luhrasp enthroned
f. 293v
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum
f. 295v
Gushtasp kills Ilyas in combat
f. 315v
Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar
f. 318v
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon
f. 320r
Isfandiyar in consultation with Gurgsar
f. 324v
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters
f. 325v
Isfandiyar throws Kuhram from his saddle
f. 345v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow
f. 350v
Zal learns of Rustam's death
f. 435r
Bahram Gur kills a dragon in India