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Accession Number:
Ms. 2134
Gregorian Date:
19th century (first Half)
Iran, Qajar
Gift of a donor.
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 27
Page Size (h x w):
397 x 245 mm
Text Size (h x w):
302 x 152 mm
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
49 ( 47 Shahnama 2 Barzunama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2010-08-31 18:10
Public Notes
The binding, Oriental of black leather (rather damaged), seems to be original, of light brown leather with a simple geometrical design with three small green medallions imprinted for ornament. The lower corner of the upper cover is broken.

The paper is white, European, with several water marks:

1. f.73 - emblem in the shape of a vase with a crowned bird and the inscription: GIOR' MAGNANI

2. f.113-5 - a man standing on the ball, having in his hand a roll with the inscription: Anabell Anibrio (?)

3. f.154 - an emblem in the shape of a prolongated vase and inscription: BEN PIGARDO EFIGI

4. f.157 - big vase, maybe with monogramme

5. f.164-5 - a vase and inscription: GIO BATTA DE FERRARI 18

6. f.201 - emblem with 3 6-cornered stars and letters GTG

The paper has suffered from burns (ff. 3-4) and water (especially f. 57v).

The text is iof rough nasta'liq in Indian ink, with headings in red.

The page has an outside margin of blue (or two thin black lins, with gold), and ruled lines of two thin black with gold, thick gold, thin black, wide space, and two thin black with gold text around the text block. The columns and rubrics are ruled in single red lines. The sample page actually depicted here is fol. 119v, which contains the library seal of the Monastery.

The volume purports to be part 2 only, starting with the reign of Luhrasp, but it contains passages from part 1 also, together with various lacunae, and folios bound in the wrong order, as is clear from the Incipit: Kunun takht-u aurang-i Luhrasp shah… and Explicit (f. 307v): az in kar-i Khusrau chi burdan shudim //

Su-yi kar-i Luhrasp baz amadim.

There is a very unusual system of coustods: not only one or two catch words are written, but the whole first misra' of the first bayt of the next page.

Illumination: fol.1v - sarlauh (185 x 152) of quite crude Qajar work, in dark blue, red (craplac), green, light green, light blue, orange and gold. The margins of ff.1v-2r are covered with a very basic floral ornament.

Illustrations: the manuscript contains 49 miniatures in Qajar style, not of court quality, but in good condition, executed by at least two artists. (F.A.)

Project Notes
Still to check title for one painting.
Dating Ref:
Piemontese, A.M. Catalogo dei manoscritti persiani conservati nell Biblioteche d'Italia. Rome. Italy.
Origin Ref:
Abdullaeva, F.I. Personal notes.
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f. 001v
Illuminated unvan
f. 006v
Gushtasp kills Ilyas in combat
f. 016r
Isfandiyar kills Bidarafsh
f. 018v
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum
f. 021r
Isfandiyar's first labour: he fights the wolves
f. 021v
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions
f. 022r
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon
f. 023r
Isfandiyar's fourth labour: he kills the sorceress
f. 023v
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh
f. 025v
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters
f. 039r
Rustam feasts with Isfandiyar
f. 040v
Ardashir gives advice to the Iranian elder leaders
f. 050r
Bahram Chubina sends Sava Shah's head to Hurmuzd
f. 061v
Bahram Gur kills a wolf in India
f. 073v
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada
f. 079r
Bahram Gur enthroned after killing the lions
f. 122v
Hurmuzd enthroned
f. 123v
Bahram Gur kills the dragon that had killed a youth
f. 134r
Yazdagird fights the troops of Bizhan the Turk
f. 143r
Nauzar is captured in battle with Afrasiyab
f. 146r
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt
f. 168r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 168v
Barzu's mother prevents Rustam from killing Barzu
f. 169v
Kay Kavus summons Rustam
f. 172v
Siyavush returns from Zabulistan
f. 185v
Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab
f. 193v
The fire ordeal of Siyavush
f. 203v
Fariburz comes to Kay Khusrau with Rustam's message
f. 204v
Rustam fights Kafur the Cannibal
f. 208r
Rustam overthrows Puladvand
f. 218v
Piran visits Siyavushgird
f. 220v
The fire ordeal of Siyavush
f. 222r
Siyavush meets Rustam (? GARSIVAZ) in Balkh, sent by Kay Kavus (?)
f. 224r
Garsivaz brings gifts to Siyavush from Afrasiyab
f. 228v
Guruy executes Siyavush
f. 239v
Afrasiyab meets Piran returning from his defeat
f. 240r
Siyavush fights Damur
f. 243v
Siyavush taken prisoner before Afrasiyab
f. 245r
Piran sets Farangis free
f. 245v
Guruy executes Siyavush
f. 249v
Faramarz captures Surkha, son of Afrasiyab
f. 251r
Human attacks Rustam to allow Afrasiyab to escape
f. 258v
Manizha entertains Bizhan in the meadows
f. 266r
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit
f. 268r
Rustam comes before Kay Khusrau after returning with Bizhan
f. 282v
Kay Khusrau defeats and kills the King of Makran
f. 285v
Afrasiyab rises from the water as Garsivaz is tortured
f. 292v
Giv fights Lahhak and Farshidvard
f. 301v
Kay Khusrau throws Shida to the ground
f. 305v
Kay Khusrau gives up his throne to Luhrasp