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This record is incomplete and has not been verified by the project. It is a work in progress. Use this information with caution.
Accession Number:
Hijri Date:
Gregorian Date:
Abu Mansuri
Folios extant in ms.:
Estimated num folios in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 21
Page Size (h x w):
321 x 170 mm
Text Size (h x w):
235 x 109 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
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Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
73 ( 68 Shahnama 2 Garshaspnama 1 Barzunama 2 other [ Bahmannama ] )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2011-08-23 07:55
Public Notes
It is interesting that the dated 901 khani, rather than hijri.
Project Notes
The info received from Haila Manteghi, who went to the Library of the Real Palace, contacted the person in charge, Pablo Andres, ordered a b/w microfilm, which was put on a cd, which she sent me in February 2011. The images on the website are scans from that microfilm (FA).

The pagination/foliation needs to be done and the illustrations confirmed in their correct sequence. No dimensions at present and break-lines to be be entered.

Need permission line, also picture of library, full contact details etc. Most of tis done on visit in August 2011. Can use Library website to update description of the collection. This is the only Shahnama.

The colophon is image no. 1519 and the sample page (f. 131r) is image no. 0263.

General Ref:
Sims, E. The illustrated manuscripts of Firdausi's Shahnama commissioned by princes of the house of Timur. (in Ars Orientalis) 22 (1993) pp. 43-68
General Ref:
Simpson, M. Shreve El Shahnama de Firdusi de la Real Biblioteca. (in Oriente en Palacio. Tesoros Asiaticos en las colecciones reales Espanolas) (ed. Mola, M.A. and Shaw, C.M.) pp. 174-77 Patrimonio Nacional. Madrid. Spain.
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sample page
Seals of ownership or library marks (1496)
f. 001r
Shamsa (1496)
f. 001v
Frontispiece (verso side) (1496)
f. 002r
Frontispiece (recto side) (1496)
f. 002v
Illuminated unvan (1496)
f. 009v
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1496)
f. 010r
Illuminated title page (recto side) (1496)
f. 013v
The Div Khazarvan fights Siyamak (1496)
f. 015r
Tahmuras and the Divs (1496)
f. 018v
Two snakes appear from Zahhak's shoulders (1496)
f. 021r
Scene from another epic (1496)
f. 024v
Jamshid sawn in half before Zahhak (1496)
f. 028v
Scene from the Garshaspnama (1496)
f. 034v
Scene from the Garshaspnama (1496)
f. 042r
Faridun binds Zahhak (1496)
f. 054v
The birth of Manuchihr (1496)
f. 058r
Manuchihr kills Tur in battle (1496)
f. 060v
Manuchihr kills Salm (1496)
f. 083r
The birth of Rustam (1496)
f. 093r
Afrasiyab executes Nauzar (1496)
f. 112v
Rustam overpowers the King of Mazandaran (1496)
f. 136v
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1496)
f. 162v
Barzu's mother prevents Rustam from killing Barzu (1496)
f. 186r
Siyavush marries Farangis (1496)
f. 207v
Rustam fights Afrasiyab, Human and the Turanians (1496)
f. 218v
Rustam overturns Chingish by seizing the tail of his horse (1496)
f. 236r
Jarira commits suicide over her son's body (1496)
f. 265r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1496)
f. 278r
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1496)
f. 294r
Bizhan slaughters the wild boar (1496)
f. 311r
Rustam fights Barkhiyas Div (interpolation) (1496)
f. 327r
Bizhan kills Human (1496)
f. 342rA
Fariburz ties Gulbad over his saddle (1496)
f. 342rB
The second combat: Giv stuns Guruy Zirih (1496)
f. 342v
Guraza binds Siyamak onto his horse and leads him away (1496)
f. 372v
Kay Khusrau kills Aila (1496)
f. 382v
Kay Khusrau crosses Lake Zara (1496)
f. 389r
Hum captures Afrasiyab (1496)
f. 389v
The execution of Afrasiyab (1496)
f. 390r
The execution of Garsivaz (1496)
f. 401r
The coronation of Luhrasp (1496)
f. 411v
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum (1496)
f. 414r
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1496)
f. 417r
Gushtasp kills Ilyas in combat (1496)
f. 435v
The death of Luhrasp in battle against the forces of Arjasp (1496)
f. 446r
Isfandiyar's first labour: he fights the wolves (1496)
f. 446v
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions (1496)
f. 447v
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon (1496)
f. 448v
Isfandiyar's fourth labour: he kills the sorceress (1496)
f. 449v
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1496)
f. 452v
Isfandiyar kills Gurgsar during the seventh labour (1496)
f. 476r
Rustam and Isfandiyar parley (1496)
f. 485v
The Simurgh heals Rustam's wounds (1496)
f. 488r
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1496)
f. 497v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1496)
f. 499v
Scene from the Faramarznama (1496)
f. 515v
The execution of Faramarz (1495)
f. 520r
Scene from the Bahmannama (1496)
f. 532r
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1496)
f. 533r
Iskandar executes Dara's murderers (1496)
f. 544r
Iskandar kills Fur (1496)
f. 551r
Iskandar sees the marvels of the eastern sea (1496)
f. 551v
Iskandar defeats the soft-foot people (1496)
f. 554r
Khizr at the Fountain of Life (1496)
f. 554v
Iskandar encounters Israfil (1496)
f. 555v
Iskandar builds a wall against Gog and Magog (1496)
f. 560v
The great sages mourn the death of Iskandar (1496)
f. 574v
Ardashir recognizes Shapur during a polo game (1496)
f. 589r
f. 591v
Shapur imprisoned in an ass's skin at the court of Caesar (1496)
f. 595r
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1496)
f. 601r
Bahram Gur enthroned after killing the lions (1496)
f. 620v
Bahram Gur wrestles before Shangul (1496)
f. 638r
Anushirvan executes Mazdak and his followers (1496)
f. 648v
Anushirvan executes Zarvan and the Jew (1496)
f. 661r
Anushirvan receives the Khaqan's daughter (1496)
f. 717r
Bahram Chubina and Khusrau Parviz fight for the third time (1496)
f. 722r
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion (1496)
f. 751r
The miller assassinates Yazdagird (1496)