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© The Gulistan Palace Museum, Tehran. Photo: Amin Mahdavi
Accession Number:
Ms 2255
Hijri Date:
1068 Muharram
Gregorian Date:
1657 October (to nearest hijri month)
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
367 x 215 mm
Text Size (h x w):
245 x 135 mm
Colophon Folio:
Num Other Colophons:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illustrations in ms:
34 ( 34 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
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Date last updated:
0000-00-00 00:00:00
Public Notes
The ms. has 1152 pages (576 folios), and is divided into four parts (daftar). It opens with a fine sarlauh (120 x 135 mm) to introduce the prose preface, at the end of which is a colophon, dated Dhu'l-Qa'da, 1061 A.H. (p. 12). The same date is given at the end of the first daftar, which is broken here at the end of the story of Farud (p. 320).

The second part is introduced by another sarlauh (p. 323), and ends with a colophon giving the date Shawwal 1064 A.H.

Part three, starting with the reign of Luhrasp, is introduced by a sarlauh (p. 541), and concludes with a colophon giving the same date, Shawwal 1064 (p. 878).

The final section, starting with the reign of Yazdagird son of Bahram, opens with a fourth sarlauh (p. 881) and is concluded with the colophon giving the date Muharram 1068. It thus took just over seven years to complete. (Ch.M.)

For a detailed description of the manuscript and its 43 paintings, see S.A. Sharifzadeh, Namvarnama, Tehran, 1370sh/1991, pp. 97-109

Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration Ref:
Sharifzadeh, S.A. Namvar nameh. (1370 sh.) Ministry of Culture and Higher Education. Tehran. Iran.
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f. 0008
Firdausi and the poets of Ghazna (1657)
f. 0021
Kayumars enthroned (1657)
f. 0062
Manuchihr kills Salm (1657)
f. 0078
Rudaba lets down her hair for Zal to climb up (1657)
f. 0104
Rustam kills Zal's white elephant (1657)
f. 0136
Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion (1657)
f. 0139
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon (1657)
f. 0144
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1657)
f. 0160
Kay Kavus airborne (1657)
f. 0164
Rustam kills Alkus in combat (1657)
f. 0189
Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab (1657)
f. 0222
Afrasiyab greets Siyavush (1657)
f. 0257
Rustam kills Pilsam (1657)
f. 0299
Farud kills Zarasp (1657)
f. 0352
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1657)
f. 0394
Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea (1657)
f. 0450
Bizhan kills Human (1657)
f. 0528
Kay Khusrau defeats and kills the King of Makran (1657)
f. 0606
The death of Luhrasp in battle against the forces of Arjasp (1657)
f. 0633
Gushtasp receives Isfandiyar on his return from the Haft Khvan (1657)
f. 0671
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1657)
f. 0687
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1657)
f. 0710
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1657)
f. 0732
Iskandar visits Qaydafa disguised as a messenger (1657)
f. 0777
Mihrak's daughter converses with Shapur (1657)
f. 0813
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1657)
f. 0856
Bahram Gur captures the Khaqan of Chin (1657)
f. 0897
Anushirvan enthroned (1657)
f. 0932
Anushirvan's seventh majlis for Buzurjmihr (1657)
f. 0968
Gav and Talhand's forces fight for a second time (1657)
f. 1009
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1657)
f. 1033
Khusrau Parviz and Bahram Chubina meet (1657)
f. 1132
Yazdagird III enthroned (1657)
f. 1146
The miller assassinates Yazdagird (1657)