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Accession Number:
Ryl Pers 869
Hijri Date:
1237 Ramadan 28
Gregorian Date:
1822 June 17
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 29
Page Size (h x w):
410 x 250 mm
Text Size (h x w):
305 x 145 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
86 ( 2 frontispiece(s) 84 Shahnama 2 Garshaspnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
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Date last updated:
2013-04-01 12:25
Public Notes
Some images from this manuscript are available for viewing on the John Rylands University Library website, where the volume is dated 1812 (= 1227 AH). The manuscript was included in the exhibition in the Library in 2010.

The text is in four sections, each marked by a large 'unvan, and clearly not completed in chronological order:

Section one ends on f. 169r, with a colophon dated 1237 AH. Folios 169v and 170r are blank.

Section two starts on f. 170v with the story of Bizhan and Manizha, and ends on f. 282r, with a colophon dated 11 Ramadan 1235 ( ). Folios 282v and 283r are blank.

Section three starts on f. 283v and ends on f. 417v, with a colophon dated "the time of Friday prayer at the beginning of Muharram 1235" ( ).

Section four starts facing f. 418r (?), with the reign of Aushirvan, although the rubrics repeat the rubrics from the story of Bizhan and Manizha, followed by the Davazdah Rukh, i.e. due to scribal error.

Project Notes
Inspected by ChM, 19 March 2004 and 8 December 2007: notes still to incorporate.

Was formerly entered as 1247 AH (sic) - presumably a typo, but to be checked.

Previously updated by Gabrielle in 2007.

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 - 86     (back to top)
f. 004v
Sulayman enthroned (frontispiece) (1832)
f. 005r
Bilqis enthroned (frontispiece) (1832)
f. 009r
The Mi'raj of Muhammad (not in Shahnama) (1832)
f. 010r
In praise of Sultan Mahmud (1832)
f. 011v
Hushang enthroned (1832)
f. 017v
Faridun and Zahhak's wiseman, Kundru (1832)
f. 019v
Faridun enthroned (1832)
f. 023r
Scene from the Garshaspnama (1832)
f. 030r
Scene from the Garshaspnama (1832)
f. 035v
The murder of Iraj (1832)
f. 039r
Manuchihr kills Tur in battle (1832)
f. 047r
Rudaba lets down her hair for Zal to climb up (1832)
f. 054v
Zal displays his skills before Manuchihr (1832)
f. 065v
Rustam catches Rakhsh (1832)
f. 071v
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon (1832)
f. 075v
Rustam fights the Mazandarani champion Juya (1832)
f. 081r
Kay Kavus airborne (1832)
f. 083r
Rustam kills Alkus in combat (1832)
f. 093r
Suhrab overthrows Rustam in their second combat (1832)
f. 100r
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1832)
f. 108v
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1832)
f. 118v
Siyavush taken prisoner before Afrasiyab (1822)
f. 132v
Farud retreats to his fortress and is mortally wounded by Ruhham (1832)
f. 136r
The Iranians withdraw after Piran defeats them (1832)
f. 139v
Tazhav parleys with Piran before killing Bahram (1832)
f. 149v
Gudarz learns about Rustam's arrival (1832)
f. 153v
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1832)
f. 158v
Rustam lifts Shangul from his saddle (1832)
f. 176v
Kay Khusrau searches for Bizhan in the magic cup (1832)
f. 182r
Rustam asks Bizhan to forgive Gurgin (1822)
f. 185r
Kay Khusrau sends Gudarz to fight the Turanians (1832)
f. 191v
Bizhan fights with Human (1832)
f. 199v
Giv fights Lahhak and Farshidvard (1832)
f. 203r
The fifth combat: Ruhham kills Barman (1832)
f. 217r
Kay Khusrau fights Afrasiyab again (1832)
f. 221v
Kay Khusrau gives a safe conduct to Afrasiyab's family (1832)
f. 224r
Kay Khusrau enthroned celebrates his victory over Afrasiyab (1832)
f. 227r
Kay Khusrau defeats and kills the King of Makran (1832)
f. 238v
The testament of Kay Khusrau to Gudarz (1822)
f. 241r
Kay Khusrau bids farewell to his harem (1832)
f. 258v
Jamasp discusses the outcome of the fight with Gushtasp (1832)
f. 262r
Bidarafsh kills Zarir, the brother of Gushtasp (1832)
f. 276v
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions (1832)
f. 282r
Isfandiyar throws Kuhram from his saddle (1832)
f. 298r
The first combat of Rustam and Isfandiyar (1832)
f. 302v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1832)
f. 308r
The King of Kabul digs a pit in the hunting grounds to trap Rustam and Zavara (1832)
f. 326v
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1832)
f. 335r
Iskandar kills Fur (1832)
f. 343v
Khizr at the Fountain of Life (1832)
f. 349r
Iskandar dies in Babylon (1832)
f. 357r
Ardashir is defeated by Haftvad (1832)
f. 366v
Ardashir is defeated by Haftvad (1832)
f. 369v
Bahram III, son of Bahramiyan enthroned (1832)
f. 375r
The King of Rum captive before Shapur (1832)
f. 380v
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1832)
f. 389r
Bahram Gur hunts lions (1832)
f. 399r
Bahram Gur hunts lions (1832)
f. 399v
Bahram Gur hunts lions (1832)
f. 419r
Anushirvan divides his kingship into four parts (1832)
f. 424v
Anushirvan receives Mihras, Caesar's envoy (1832)
f. 428v
Anushirvan's second majlis for Buzurjmihr (1832)
f. 430v
Anushirvan's fifth majlis for Buzurjmihr (1832)
f. 433v
The Khaqan of Chin writes to Aushirvan and offers his daughter for marriage (1832)
f. 437v
Mihran Sitad asks the Khaqan to give his daughter to Anushirvan as a wife (1832)
f. 441v
Anushirvan sits before the chessboard sent by the Raja of Hind (1832)
f. 443r
Barzu brings the book "Kalila and Dimna" to Anushirvan (1832)
f. 447r
Anushirvan's seal (1832)
f. 450v
Anushirvan besieges the Rumis in Aleppo (1832)
f. 454v
Hurmuzd forces his high priest to eat poisoned food (1832)
f. 461b
Bahram Chubina kills the magician (1832)
f. 465r
The Khaqan of Chin and Shah Hurmuzd parley (1832)
f. 466v
Bahram Chubina acts as a king (1832)
f. 472r
Khusrau Parviz and Bahram Chubina meet (1832)
f. 477r
Bahram son of Siyavush brings Banduy before Bahram Chubina (1832)
f. 481r
Khusrau Parviz receives the reply of Caesar (1832)
f. 484v
Khusrau Parviz goes to war in Azarbaijan (1832)
f. 489r
Niatus's anger against Banduy and the mediation of Maryam (1832)
f. 492r
Khusrau Parviz sends Kharrad Barzin to the Khaqan of Chin (1832)
f. 496v
Gustaham defies the order of Khusrau Parviz (1832)
f. 499r
The birth of Shiruy, the son of Khusrau Parviz (1832)
f. 505r
The army turns against Khusrau Parviz (1832)
f. 508r
Khusrau Parviz answers his son's charges (1832)
f. 513r
Guraz is displeased at Ardashir's accession (1832)
f. 514v
Farrukhzad enthroned (1832)
f. 520v
The miller assassinates Yazdagird (1832)