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Accession Number:
Ryl Pers 909
Hijri Date:
1060 Jumada II 23
Gregorian Date:
1650 June 22
Yusuf b. Mahmud Shah b. Yusuf
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 31
Page Size (h x w):
407 x 255 mm
Text Size (h x w):
286 x 150 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illustrations in ms:
99 ( 94 Shahnama 5 Barzunama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2010-02-08 17:59
Public Notes

The manuscript contains the Baysunghur Preface.

Several new folios have been inserted in the text:

fol. 27 is a modern replacement; the original must have carried a miniature of Rustam and the Khaqan of Chin.

fol. 208 is a modern replacement; the original probably carried a miniature of the second combat of Rustam and Pilsam.

fols. 354, 355 are modern replacements; the originals seem to have carried two miniatures, probably representing early exploits of Bahram Gur.

fol. 492 is a modern replacement, and the original probably carried a miniature of the death of Mahwi and his sons

Initial investigation of ms. by Amin Mahdavi.

Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration Ref:
Robinson, B.W. Persian Paintings in the John Rylands Library A Descriptive Catalogue. Sotheby Parke Bernet. London. UK.
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f. 001v
Illuminated unvan (1650)
f. 012v
Illuminated unvan (1650)
f. 015r
Hushang kills the Black Div (1650)
f. 022r
Faridun binds Zahhak (1650)
f. 027r
The murder of Iraj (1650)
f. 030v
Manuchihr kills Tur in battle (1650)
f. 032r
Manuchihr kills Salm (1650)
f. 036v
Zal meets Mihrab of Kabul (1650)
f. 047r
The birth of Rustam (1650)
f. 049r
Rustam kills Zal's white elephant (1650)
f. 057r
Rustam catches Rakhsh (1650)
f. 059r
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt (1650)
f. 060v
A minstrel div tempts Kay Kavus to invade Mazandaran (1650)
f. 063r
Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion (1650)
f. 063v
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon (1650)
f. 064r
Rustam's fourth labour: he kills the witch (1650)
f. 065r
Rustam's fifth labour: he lassoes Aulad (1650)
f. 065v
Rustam's sixth labour: he kills Arzhang (1650)
f. 066r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1650)
f. 071v
Rustam pulls the King of Sham from his saddle by lasso (1650)
f. 084r
Suhrab overthrows Rustam in their second combat (1650)
f. 085r
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1650)
f. 087v
Illuminated page (1650)
f. 099r
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1650)
f. 101r
Siyavush marries Farangis (1650)
f. 107v
Guruy executes Siyavush (1650)
f. 109r
Guruy executes Siyavush (1650)
f. 113r
Zavara executes Surkha to avenge Siyavush (1650)
f. 130r
Farud retreats to his fortress and is mortally wounded by Ruhham (1650)
f. 133v
Kay Khusrau disgraces Tus (1650)
f. 139r
Human fights Tus (1650)
f. 147r
Kamus fights Giv and Tus (1650)
f. 149r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1650)
f. 150v
Rustam captures and kills Kamus (1650)
f. 155v
Rustam lifts Shangul from his saddle (1650)
f. 162v
Rustam overthrows Puladvand (1650)
f. 165r
Rustam kills Akvan Div (1650)
f. 168r
Bizhan brought before Afrasiyab (1650)
f. 177v
Scene from the Barzunama (1650)
f. 185r
Scene from the Barzunama (1650)
f. 193r
Scene from the Barzunama (1650)
f. 205r
Scene from the Barzunama (1650)
f. 211r
Scene from the Barzunama (1650)
f. 220r
Bizhan and Human wrestle for the first time (1650)
f. 226v
Giv fights Lahhak and Farshidvard (1650)
f. 229r
The first combat: Fariburz kills Gulbad (1650)
f. 229vA
Giv defeats and binds Guruy Zirih (1650)
f. 229vB
The third combat: Guraza kills Siyamak by throwing him to the ground (1650)
f. 230rA
The fourth combat: Furuhil kills Zangala (1650)
f. 230rB
The fifth combat: Ruhham kills Barman (1650)
f. 230vA
The sixth combat: Bizhan kills Ruyin (1650)
f. 230vB
The seventh combat: Hujir kills Sipahram with a blow of his sword (1650)
f. 231rA
The eighth combat: Zanga kills Akhvasht (1650)
f. 231rB
The ninth combat: Gurgin kills Andariman (1650)
f. 231v
The tenth combat: Barta kills Kuhram (1650)
f. 232r
Piran escapes from Gudarz up the mountainside (1650)
f. 234v
Gustaham kills Lahhak (1650)
f. 255r
The execution of Afrasiyab (1650)
f. 263v
Caesar's assembly does not please Kitayun (1650)
f. 265r
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum (1650)
f. 266v
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1650)
f. 289r
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters (1650)
f. 289v
Isfandiyar throws Kuhram from his saddle (1650)
f. 290r
The execution of Kuhram and Andariman (1650)
f. 296r
Isfandiyar belittles the lineage of Rustam (1650)
f. 300r
The first combat of Rustam and Isfandiyar (1650)
f. 300v
Zavara and Faramarz kill Isfandiyar's sons Nush-Azar and Mihr-i Nush (1650)
f. 301r
Rustam and Rakhsh wounded by the arrows of Isfandiyar (1650)
f. 302v
The Simurgh heals Rustam's wounds (1650)
f. 303v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1650)
f. 307v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1650)
f. 310r
The execution of Faramarz (1650)
f. 316r
The second battle of Iskandar against Dara (1650)
f. 317v
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1650)
f. 319v
Iskandar marries Raushanak (1650)
f. 323v
Battle between the armies of Iskandar and the Fur (1650)
f. 324r
Iskandar kills Fur (1650)
f. 359r
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1650)
f. 361v
Bahram Gur hunts lions (1650)
f. 365r
Bahram Gur kills the dragon that had killed a youth (1650)
f. 367r
Bahram Gur hunts lion (1650)
f. 370v
Bahram Gur hunts lions (1650)
f. 376v
Bahram Gur kills a wolf in India (1650)
f. 377r
Bahram Gur kills a dragon in India (1650)
f. 409r
Buzurjmihr demonstrates how to play the game of chess (1650)
f. 410r
Buzurjmihr shows the Indian how to play backgammon (1650)
f. 431v
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1650)
f. 432r
Bahram Chubina kills the magician (1650)
f. 445r
Bahram Chubina's night attack on the camp of Khusrau Parviz (1650)
f. 445v
Bahram Chubina's horse is killed under him (1650)
f. 448v
Banduy flees from Bahram Chubina (1650)
f. 455v
Bahram Chubina kills Kut the Roman (1650)
f. 456r
Bahram Chubina kills Kut the Roman (1650)
f. 456v
The war between the generals of Khusrau Parviz and Bahram Chubina (1650)
f. 458v
Bahram Chubina captures Nastuh (1650)
f. 462r
The Khaqan of Chin offers his own daughter to Bahram Chubina (1650)
f. 464v
Gurdiya mourns for her brother Bahram Chubina (1650)
f. 468r
Gurdiya is given a warm reception by Khusrau Parviz (1650)
f. 471v
Shirin greets Khusrau Parviz on his way to the hunt (1650)
f. 482r
Guraz is displeased at Ardashir's accession (1650)
f. 483r
Fara'in is killed by Shahran Guraz (1650)
f. 486r
Sa'd-i Vaqqas kills Rustam (1650)