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© Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
Accession Number:
Per 295
Hijri Date:
905 Dhu'l-Hijja 8
Gregorian Date:
1500 July 14
Muhammad Sa'sum ibn Sultan Muhammad
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
348 x 240 mm
Text Size (h x w):
242 x 135 mm
Colophon Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
59 ( 59 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2011-03-27 21:05
Public Notes
This manuscript is in an excellent condition. The binding is a dark brown leather with gold inscriptions around a central gold illuminated box. The section headings are in gold and are mostly nicely illuminated by blue paint with flowers.

The date of the manuscript makes it a rare copy - there are very few others from the first decade of the 16th century, and only one of the same year, in the Dar al-Kutub, Cairo, of Shawwal 905/April 1500 (Ch.M.).

Initial investigation by Amin Mahdavi.

Project Notes
NB exhibited in CBL Shahnama exhibition, 2010-11, with date given as c. 1575. Check.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Minovi M. et al. The Chester Beatty library; A catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts and Miniatures. (ed. Arberry A. J.) 1 Hodges Figgis & Co. Dublin. Ireland.
Illustration Ref:
Minovi M. et al. The Chester Beatty library; A catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts and Miniatures. (ed. Arberry A. J.) 1 Hodges Figgis & Co. Dublin. Ireland.
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Rudaba and Zal together (1500)
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Rustam and the Iranians hunt in Afrasiyab's preserves (1500)
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Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab (1500)
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Kay Khusrau reviews his troops (1500)
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Rustam fights Sava (1500)
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Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea (1500)
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Bizhan slaughters the wild boar (1500)
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Bizhan and Rustam after the rescue from the pit (1500)
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Bizhan kills Human (1500)
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Giv fights Piran (1500)
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Gustaham kills Lahhak (1500)
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A full scale battle between the armies of Iran and Turan (1500)
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Kay Khusrau besieges Gang Dizh (1500)
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Kay Khusrau gives advice to the Iranians (1500)
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Gushtasp enthroned (1500)
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Jamasp releases Isfandiyar (1500)
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Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1500)
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Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters (1500)
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Rustam and Isfandiyar parley (1500)
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Rustam and Rakhsh wounded by the arrows of Isfandiyar (1500)
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Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1500)
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Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1500)
f. 317v
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1500)
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The third battle between the armies of Iskandar and Dara (1500)
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Iskandar visits the Ka'ba (1500)
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Iskandar sees the marvels of the eastern sea (1500)
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Iskandar builds a wall against Gog and Magog (1500)
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Ardashir meets Gulnar (1500)
f. 363v
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Bahram Gur hunts lions (1500)
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