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© Ethnographic Collection at the Historical Museum Bern
Accession Number:
Gregorian Date:
1835 (circa)
Pierre Morgan, New York, accession No.2027. Was bought in Bern via Stuker in November 1963.
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 27
Page Size (h x w):
297 x 188 mm
Text Size (h x w):
220 x 119 mm
Colophon Folio:
Num Other Colophons:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
103 ( 103 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2009-03-07 09:04
Project Notes
Notes to be updated from Lamei.

NB that this ms. has many pictures with titles over them: it would be useful to compare the titles with the actual scenes, and also both elements with the assignment of title by Lamei.

Breaklines entered by Mandana N.

Dating Ref:
Lamei, M. Les manuscrits illustres orientaux dans les institutions publiques en Suisse I: Les bibliotheques universitaires de Lausanne et de Geneve. (in Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques) 54 (no. 3) pp. 499-595 Peter Lang. Bern. Switzerland.
Origin Ref:
Lamei, M. Les manuscrits illustres orientaux dans les institutions publiques en Suisse I: Les bibliotheques universitaires de Lausanne et de Geneve. (in Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques) 54 (no. 3) pp. 499-595 Peter Lang. Bern. Switzerland.
Illustration Ref:
Lamei, M. Les manuscrits illustres orientaux dans les institutions publiques en Suisse III; Les manuscrits du Musee Historique de Berne 1: Le Livre de Rois (Sahname). (in Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques) 59 (no. 3) pp. 697-795 Peter Lang. Bern. Switzerland.
Illustration in archive - 103     (back to top)
f. 002v
The four Caliphs (1835)
f. 007r
Zahhak mesmerised by Iblis, appearing as a cook (1835)
f. 013r
Faridun enthroned (1835)
f. 018v
The murder of Iraj (1835)
f. 023v
Manuchihr fights Kakuy, grandson of Zahhak (1835)
f. 031r
The maids return to Rudaba and describe Zal for her (1835)
f. 040r
Zal displays his skills before Manuchihr (1835)
f. 042r
The birth of Rustam (1835)
f. 044v
Rustam fights Mihtar, kotwal of Kuh-i Sipand (1835)
f. 050r
Zal kills Khazarvan in combat (1835)
f. 054r
Kay Qubad enthroned (1835)
f. 054v
Qarin fights Shamasas (1835)
f. 060v
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon (1835)
f. 063r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1835)
f. 074r
Rustam kills Alkus in combat (1835)
f. 077r
Suhrab fights Hujir (1835)
f. 083v
The first combat of Rustam and Suhrab (1835)
f. 091r
Sudaba accuses Siyavush (1835)
f. 093v
Kay Kavus embraces Siyavush after the fire ordeal (1835)
f. 103r
Piran proposes his daughter as a wife for Siyavush (1835)
f. 107v
Siyavush and Garsivaz play polo (1835)
f. 114r
The birth of Kay Khusrau (1835)
f. 117v
Faramarz captures Surkha, son of Afrasiyab (1835)
f. 127r
Afrasiyab interrogates the ferry man about the passage of Kay Khusrau (1835)
f. 133v
Kay Khusrau reviews his troops (1835)
f. 139r
Farud kills Zarasp (1835)
f. 142v
Bizhan kills Palashan (1835)
f. 147r
Tazhav mortally wounds Bahram (1835)
f. 150r
Giv captures Tazhav (1835)
f. 156r
Human fights Tus (1835)
f. 162v
Afrasiyab sends the Khaqan Chin and Kamus to help Piran (1835)
f. 168v
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1835)
f. 170v
Rustam captures and kills Kamus (1835)
f. 178v
Shangul is released by Rustam and escapes back to the Khaqan of Chin (1835)
f. 184r
Rustam fights Kafur the Cannibal (1835)
f. 188v
Rustam overthrows Puladvand (1835)
f. 199r
Giv takes Kay Khusrau's letter to Rustam (1835)
f. 205r
Rustam and Bizhan defeat Afrasiyab in battle (1835)
f. 211r
Human challenges Gudarz (1835)
f. 214v
Bizhan fights with Human (1835)
f. 215r
Bizhan kills Human (1835)
f. 225v
The third combat: Guraza kills Siyamak by throwing him to the ground (1835)
f. 227r
The eleventh combat: Gudarz fights Piran (1835)
f. 235r
Kay Khusrau prepares to ride against Afrasiyab (1835)
f. 240v
Burzi-aila flees from Kay Khusrau (1835)
f. 247r
Afrasiyab comes to Gang Dizh (1835)
f. 251v
Kay Khusrau defeats and kills the King of Makran (1835)
f. 258r
Kay Khusrau despairs of the world (1835)
f. 265r
Kay Khusrau gives up his throne to Luhrasp (1835)
f. 268v
The coronation of Luhrasp (1835)
f. 275r
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum (1835)
f. 278v
Gushtasp kills Ilyas in combat (1835)
f. 286v
The start of the battle between the armies of Gushtasp and Arjasp (1835)
f. 295r
Firdausi reproaches Daqiqi (1835)
f. 300v
Isfandiyar fights the Turanians (1835)
f. 301r
Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar (1835)
f. 306v
Isfandiyar kills Gurgsar during the seventh labour (1835)
f. 308v
Pashutan attacks Ruyin Dizh (1835)
f. 309r
Nush-Azar kills Tarkhan (1835)
f. 310v
Isfandiyar throws Kuhram from his saddle (1835)
f. 311r
The massacre of the defeated Turanian forces (1835)
f. 315v
Gushtasp replies to his son, Isfandiyar (1835)
f. 321v
Rustam feasts with Isfandiyar (1835)
f. 328v
Zavara and Faramarz kill Isfandiyar's sons Nush-Azar and Mihr-i Nush (1835)
f. 333r
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1835)
f. 341r
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1835)
f. 346r
The laundryman rescues Darab from the water (1835)
f. 349r
Darab receives the crown (1835)
f. 359r
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1835)
f. 365v
Iskandar challenges Fur to single combat (1835)
f. 371r
Iskandar signs a treaty with Queen Qaydafa and returns (1835)
f. 378r
Gushtasp kills Ilyas in combat (1835)
f. 380v
Iskandar dies in Babylon (1835)
f. 386r
Ardashir defeats Bahman (1835)
f. 396r
Kharrad praises Ardashir (1835)
f. 398r
Shapur son of Ardashir enthroned (1835)
f. 400r
Bahram enthroned (1835)
f. 400v
Bahram gives his throne to his son and dies (1835)
f. 416r
Bahram Gur, Munzir and Nu'man receive a Persian delegation at Jahrum (1835)
f. 431v
Bahram Gur hunts lions (1835)
f. 438v
Bahram Gur wrestles before Shangul (1835)
f. 442r
Bahram Gur is hailed by the Iranians (1835)
f. 445r
Hurmuzd son of Yazdagird enthroned (1835)
f. 448v
Shiruy (Qubad) enthroned (1835)
f. 453v
Anushirvan divides his kingship into four parts (1835)
f. 462v
Nushzad killed in battle with Ram Barzin (1835)
f. 477r
Buzurjmihr advises Anushirvan (1835)
f. 480r
Buzurjmihr demonstrates how to play the game of chess (1835)
f. 488v
Buzurjmihr disgraced (1835)
f. 496v
Caesar's envoys before Anushirvan (1835)
f. 499r
Anushirvan's testament to his son Hurmuzd (1835)
f. 505v
Hurmuzd appoints Bahram Chubina as general (1835)
f. 513r
The anger of Bahram Chubina against Parmuda (1835)
f. 521r
Introducing the reign of Khusrau Parviz (1835)
f. 521v
Khusrau Parviz enthroned (1835)
f. 528r
Bahram Chubina's night attack on the camp of Khusrau Parviz (1835)
f. 537r
The captive Qulun mortally wounds Bahram Chubina (1835)
f. 542r
The city of Ray in ruins (1835)
f. 548v
The musician Barbad plays for Khusrau Parviz (1835)
f. 554v
Shiruy (Qubad) enthroned (1835)
f. 560r
Ardashir enthroned (1835)
f. 562v
Mihr Hurmuzd murders Khusrau Parviz (1835)
f. 569r
Sa'd-i Vaqqas kills Rustam (1835)