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2005.1.269 (Ms 12)
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Accession Number:
2005.1.269 (Ms 12)
Hijri Date:
Gregorian Date:
1492 (to nearest hijri year)
Sadruddin Aga Khan. Seals in front cover show progress of ms. from court to ministry of foreign affairs.
Abu'l-Nasr Qasim Khan
Na'im al-Din Shirazi
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 21
Page Size (h x w):
292 x 183 mm
Text Size (h x w):
97 x 172 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
44 ( 44 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2010-04-01 17:21
Public Notes
Until late in the 19th century the manuscript was in the collection of the Iranian government and it bears the seals of the Iranian government, the foreign minister and the director of the government library. It left the library when it was presented to Assim Bey, the Turkish Ambassador during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan 'Abd al-Hamid II (1876-1909).

The book is written in an excellent nasta'liq and its scribe, Na'im al-Din Shirazi ibn Sadr al-Din al-Mudhahhib, was an accomplished and very prolific master. Although nothing is known about his life except that he was active in his art between the years 1481-1510, there are twelve additional manuscripts which have colophons testifying to this having written them.

Project Notes
Complete the description (binding, doublures, illumination etc.).

Details provided by Afsaneh Firouz, cf. worksheets.

Update and complete references.

Benoit J. has images and promised to suply them (Nov. 2009). Received.

General Ref:
Welch, A. Collection of Islamic art. Prince Saddrudin Agha Khan. 3 Geneva. Switzerland.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration Ref:
Welch, A. Collection of Islamic art. Prince Saddrudin Agha Khan. 3 Geneva. Switzerland.
Illustration in archive - 44     (back to top)
sample page
f. 002v
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1492)
f. 003r
Illuminated title page (recto side) (1492)
f. 005r
Kayumars enthroned (1492)
f. 009v
Two snakes appear from Zahhak's shoulders (1492)
f. 023r
The murder of Iraj (1492)
f. 038v
Rudaba and Zal together (1492)
f. 058r
Afrasiyab executes Nauzar (1492)
f. 071r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1492)
f. 080r
Kay Kavus airborne (1492)
f. 096r
Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab (1492)
f. 127r
Guruy executes Siyavush (1492)
f. 143r
Afrasiyab learns about Tus's expedition (1492)
f. 164v
Tazhav mortally wounds Bahram (1492)
f. 181r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1492)
f. 201r
Rustam returns to the court of Kay Khusrau (1492)
f. 217v
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1492)
f. 230v
Bizhan kills Human (1492)
f. 261v
A full scale battle between the armies of Iran and Turan (1492)
f. 269v
Kay Khusrau gives a safe conduct to Afrasiyab's family (1492)
f. 277r
Kay Khusrau crosses Lake Zara (1492)
f. 282r
The execution of Afrasiyab (1492)
f. 304v
Arjasp flees from the battlefield (1492)
f. 313v
Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar (1492)
f. 335v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1492)
f. 341v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1492)
f. 349v
Darab receives the crown (1492)
f. 356r
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1492)
f. 393v
Ardashir recognizes Shapur during a polo game (1492)
f. 409v
The King of Rum captive before Shapur (1492)
f. 416v
Bahram Gur's mount tramples Azada (1492)
f. 423r
Bahram Gur marries Arzu, the daughter of Mahyar the jeweller (1492)
f. 435r
Bahram Gur and the miller's daughters (1492)
f. 450r
Bahram Gur kills a dragon in India (1492)
f. 473r
Anushirvan and Farfuryus fight
f. 510v
Buzurjmihr predicts the contents of the locked chest (1492)
f. 529v
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1492)
f. 539r
Gurdiya advises her brother Bahram Chubina (1492)
f. 544v
Khusrau Parviz and Bahram Chubina dispute kingship rights (1492)
f. 557r
Caesar receives Khusrau Parviz's ambassadors (1492)
f. 571r
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion (1492)
f. 583v
Shirin greets Khusrau Parviz on his way to the hunt (1492)
f. 597v
Mihr Hurmuzd murders Khusrau Parviz (1492)
f. 604v
Sa'd-i Vaqqas kills Rustam (1492)
f. 612r
Bizhan kills Mahuy to avenge Yazdagird (1492)