view archive:
Ouseley 344
Oxford, Bodleian Library (in index)
Click the boxes to tag/un-tag this page in a workbook

© The Bodleian Library, Oxford
Accession Number:
Ouseley 344
Hijri Date:
Gregorian Date:
Ethe no. 496: Ouseley's name, f. 1r.
Folios extant in ms.:
Estimated num folios in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 26
Page Size (h x w):
400 x 255 mm
Text Size (h x w):
248 x 147 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
41 ( 41 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2009-12-06 00:00:00
Public Notes
The ms. is worm eaten and has been repaired. Some water staining. A large and heavy, impressive volume.

Prose introduction, ff. 2v-13r. Poem starts on 13v, with illuminated sarlauh.

One striking feature is the enormous proliferation of rubrics throughout the text. These are written in white nasta'liq, on a pale matt gold ground, with a delicate and pretty floral tendril motif with blue, red, yellow, and purple flowers. There are often two and sometimes three or four headings per page.

General Ref:
Norgren, J. & Davis, E. Preliminary index of Shah-nameh illustrations. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor. USA.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Origin Ref:
Robinson, B.W. A descriptive catalogue of the Persian paintings in the Bodleian Library. pp. 171 Clarendon Press. Oxford. UK.
Illustration Ref:
Robinson, B.W. A descriptive catalogue of the Persian paintings in the Bodleian Library. pp. 171 Clarendon Press. Oxford. UK.
Illustration in archive - 41     (back to top)
sample page
f. 022r
Scene from another epic (1601)
f. 040r
Zahhak brought before Faridun (1601)
f. 058r
Prince Zal is presented to Manuchihr (1601)
f. 073r
The birth of Rustam (1601)
f. 094v
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1601)
f. 108r
Suhrab chooses his horse (1601)
f. 125r
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1601)
f. 135v
Siyavush hunts onager with Afrasiyab (1601)
f. 152v
Faramarz kills Varazad (1601)
f. 176v
Bizhan fights Farud on foot (1601)
f. 201r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1601)
f. 211v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1601)
f. 238v
Rustam fights Barkhiyas Div (interpolation) (1601)
f. 251r
Bizhan and Human wrestle for the first time (1601)
f. 279v
Kay Khusrau kills Shida (1601)
f. 281v
Kay Khusrau encounters Astaqila, Aila and Burzi-aila (1601)
f. 295v
Kay Khusrau defeats and kills the King of Makran (1601)
f. 311v
The coronation of Luhrasp (1601)
f. 312r
The coronation of Luhrasp (1601)
f. 320v
Luhrasp receives Zarir and Gushtasp on their return from Rum (1601)
f. 332r
The death of Luhrasp in battle against the forces of Arjasp (1601)
f. 346v
Rustam kicks aside the rock pushed by Bahman (1601)
f. 356r
Rustam and Rakhsh wounded by the arrows of Isfandiyar (1601)
f. 364v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1601)
f. 376r
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1601)
f. 385v
Iskandar attacks the castle of Faryan on his way towards Andalus (1601)
f. 392v
Iskandar encounters Israfil (1601)
f. 417v
Shapur captures the King of Rum (1601)
f. 423r
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1601)
f. 441v
Bahram Gur captures the Khaqan of Chin (1601)
f. 454r
Piruz and his army fall into a pit and die (1601)
f. 466r
Anushirvan sacks the fortress of Arayish-i Rum (1601)
f. 476v
Anushirvan selects horses to go to the hunting ground (1601)
f. 492r
Gav and Talhand's forces fight for a second time (1601)
f. 507v
The Persians under Kharrad defeat the Khazars in Armenia (1601)
f. 513v
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1601)
f. 524v
Khusrau Parviz and Bahram Chubina meet (1601)
f. 533v
Khusrau Parviz meets the monk (1601)
f. 540v
Bahram Chubina kills Kut the Roman (1601)
f. 551v
Gurdiya kills Tuvurg (1601)
f. 569v
Purandukht (Turandukht) enthroned (1601)