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Accession Number:
Ms. no. 575
Gregorian Date:
1575 (circa)
Muhammad b. 'Abd al-Rahman Samarqandi
Columns x Rows:
4 x 20
Page Size (h x w):
311 x 206 mm
Text Size (h x w):
197 x 112 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Num Other Colophons:
31r, 765r, 1586v
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Search not completed
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
25 ( 2 finispiece(s) 23 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2012-01-20 22:47
Public Notes
As with most other mss in the collection, there is a European pagination in western numerals on every page; there is also at least one other foliation, in Persian style on the top left hand corner. The Catalogue (Ashraf, 1967), pp. 9-11, lists the illustrations according to their folio number. In view of the doubt over the accuracy of the numbering, which has not been checked, the page numbers are used here.

Introduction: a lot of blank spaces are left for illuminated rubrics in small boxes of unusual shape (long vertical) as well as for headings in different inks, in imitation of the original Baysunghuri manuscript.The Satire on Mahmud (pp. 20-23) is 112 baits.

The illuminations are of excellent quality, equal to the calligraphy. Unusual finispiece of relatively large medallion (p. 1594).

The ms needs urgent restoration: although the text block, which was evidently falling out through the page and the margins have been fixed in the East, the glue which was used for this has yellowed and damages the transparent paper. It seems that the aggressive green which was used for lines in the frames ate the borders between the columns so that now some of the paintings (e.g. p. 853) are torn due to the green lines on the reverse side of the folio. The ms was remargined (pp. 512, 1340) and seriously trimmed (no catchwords in many cases).

Paintings: at least two artists worked on the illustrations. One had a very detailed style, not very attractive (small heads, up-turned noses), the second had bigger figures, more laconic and finished compositions and palette, brighter colours, more gold, like whole surfaces of sky (p. 855). Muhammad Ashraf, p. 11, considers that the paintings on ff. 427r, 428r, 606r, 691r, and 700v are of "inferior penmanship and retouched". He also considers that the double-page finis piece should come at the beginning of the manuscript. Owners' seals, f. 794r.

The paper: good quality, Oriental, hardly seen pontusos, generally good condition.

Binding: European 19th century with leather spine.

The catalogue, p. 10, identifies this as a "late 10th c. copy", i.e. 16th c. A.D.) ; there is a note on the verso of the final folio that the copy was made from an orginal dated 829/1425 and also giving the name of the (original) scribe. In fact, this date must refer to the date of the Baysunghur preface.It perhaps refers genuinely to the original copy from which this ms. was made, but is certainly not the date of the ms. itself, given the style of the paintings, illumination and calligraphy.

(F.A., Ch.M.)

Project Notes
Colophon, sample page, illuminations, folio numbers and copyright wording entered by BM. Further notes to be entered by BM (including an explanation about the date in the colophon (829/1425) and the actual date of the manuscript- ca. 1575).

Photos acquired by Afsaneh in Feb.2009. Work needs to completed on identifying folio numbers, and acquiring photo of a sample page and the colophon (if there is one) or final page. Also have photo on file of the Library index entry, with some details.

NB images were supplied around similar size to requirement (ca. 1600 dpi long axis) ands have therefore not been edited, but are uploaded as received.

Ms. itself not fully recorded.

Break-lines still to be checked by AF, BM or MN.

Also need copyright statement wording.

Most of this now done by BM. Break-lines still to check?

Checked by FA and ChM in January 2012 and missing images obtained.

Illustration in archive - 33     (back to top)
sample page
f. 0001r
Illuminated page (1570)
f. 0002v
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1570)
f. 0003r
Illuminated title page (recto side) (1570)
f. 0031r
f. 0032v
Illuminated unvan (1570)
f. 0039r
The Div Khazarvan fights Siyamak (1570)
f. 0082v
Scene from the Garshaspnama (1570)
f. 0213r
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt (1570)
f. 0226v
Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion (1570)
f. 0230v
Rustam's fourth labour: he kills the witch (1570)
f. 0235r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1570)
f. 0261r
Rustam fights Afrasiyab (1570)
f. 0293r
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1570)
f. 0334v
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1570)
f. 0364v
Guruy executes Siyavush (1570)
f. 0407r
Kay Khusrau goes hunting after his accession (1570)
f. 0457r
The Iranians and Turanians fight a second time (1570)
f. 0466v
The Iranians attack the Turanians at night (1570)
f. 0512v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1570)
f. 0548v
Manizha entertains Bizhan in the meadows (1570)
f. 0685r
A full scale battle between the armies of Iran and Turan (1570)
f. 0765r
f. 0766v
Illuminated unvan
f. 0797r
Gushtasp enthroned (1570)
f. 0853r
Isfandiyar's fourth labour: he kills the sorceress (1570)
f. 0855r
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1570)
f. 0991r
The execution of Faramarz (1570)
f. 1211r
Bahram Gur shows his prowess on the hunting grounds (1570)
f. 1381r
Hurmuzd forces his high priest to eat poisoned food (1570)
f. 1400v
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1570)
f. 1558v
f. 1592v
Finispiece (verso side) (1570)
f. 1593r
Finispiece (recto side) (1570)