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Details
Accession Number:
LTS1995.2.189
Hijri Date:
845 Rajab
Gregorian Date:
1441 November (to nearest hijri month)
Origin:
Shiraz
Calligrapher:
Isma'il Khwaja b. Mubarak Qadam al-Khurasani
Folios extant in ms.:
542
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
245 x 164 mm
Text Size (h x w):
174 x 117 mm
Script:
Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
542r
Sample Page Folio:
24r
Ms Type:
Codex
Ms Status:
Complete
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
0
Illustrations in ms:
24 ( 2 frontispiece(s) 22 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
2008-11-07 04:07
 
Public Notes

The manuscript is bound in tooled grey-brown leather (245 x 160 mm), with a light strapwork design in the margins, with a central medallion and four corner pieces. The tan spine is plain. The doublures are of tan/fawn leather, with a central oval medallion and delicate filigree work over a blue and gold base. A neat hatching design runs round the border, and there are strapwork triangular corner pieces.

The ms. begins with four plain flyleaves, and the left hand side of a double frontispiece (f. 1r), followed by a double illuminated page for the start of the Preface (ff. 1v-2r) - the older (pre-Baysunghur) preface, which continues to f. 7r, and a list of reigns, with headings in gold. The text of the Shahnama starts on f. 7v under a very neat unvan and the bismillah.

The text was written by Isma'il Khwaja son of Mubarak Qadam, probably in Shiraz, shortly after the death of Ibrahim Sultan and his brother Baysunghur. 

The volume is in good condition; the paper is original, oriental, polished and quite thick, with very little repair, but some quite severe water staining at the start. Pagination is in neat Persian figures on the bottom left of the recto page (and in English numerals up to p. 10 - ff. 16v-17r); the catchwords are present but partly trimmed, when the ms. was cropped and rebound (possibly soon after its completion).

The margins are ruled in thin purple, space, two thin black with gold. The colums are ruled in 2x two thin back with gold. The rubric ornament is an elaborate gold arabesque, making the riqa' script of the headings sometimes quite hard to read. The same script is used in the colophon.

There are pages of chalipa (diagonal) script and several pretty page decorations, especially on pages preceding paintings.

The ms. is described, with several illustrations, by Abolala Soudavar, Art of the Persian Court, pp. 71-7.

Preliminary investigation by ChM., Aprill 2006.

 
References
General Ref:
Soudavar, A. Art at the Persian courts. (in Selection from the Art and History Trust Collection) Rizzoli. New York. USA.
General Ref:
Sims, E. Towards a study of Sirazi illustrated manuscripts of the '"interim period". The Leiden Sahnamah of 840/1437. (in La Civilta Timuride come fenomeno internazionale) (in Oriente Moderno, Nuova serie) (ed. Bernardini, M.) 2 (Anno XV, 76) pp. 611-25
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Sims, E. Towards a study of Sirazi illustrated manuscripts of the '"interim period". The Leiden Sahnamah of 840/1437. (in La Civilta Timuride come fenomeno internazionale) (in Oriente Moderno, Nuova serie) (ed. Bernardini, M.) 2 (Anno XV, 76) pp. 611-25
 
 
Illustration in archive - 24     (back to top)
542r
colophon
24r
sample page
f. 001r
Frontispiece (recto side) (1441)
f. 001v
Illuminated page (1441)
f. 011r
Hushang kills the Black Div (1441)
f. 012r
Jamshid enthroned, carried by Divs (1441)
f. 019r
Faridun binds Zahhak (1441)
f. 030r
Manuchihr kills Tur in battle (1441)
f. 045r
The birth of Rustam (1441)
f. 067v
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1441)
f. 076v
Kay Kavus airborne (1441)
f. 089v
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1441)
f. 097r
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1441)
f. 122v
Rustam kills Pilsam (1441)
f. 164r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1441)
f. 173v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1441)
f. 183v
Rustam kills Akvan Div (1441)
f. 197r
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1441)
f. 225r
Kay Khusrau kills Guruy (1441)
f. 252v
The execution of Afrasiyab (1441)
f. 266v
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1441)
f. 289v
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1441)
f. 306v
The first combat of Rustam and Isfandiyar (1441)
f. 315v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1441)
f. 326v
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1441)
f. 342v
Khizr at the Fountain of Life (1441)