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Accession Number:
HP ms 78
Title of Work:
Tarikh-i Dilgusha-yi Shamshirkhani
Tavakkul Muhammad Beg Husaini
Gregorian Date:
18th century
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
1 x 17
Page Size (h x w):
287 x 187 mm
Text Size (h x w):
220 x 106 mm
Indian Nasta'liq
Colophon Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Search not completed
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
19 ( 18 Shahnama 1 Barzunama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2011-05-20 11:37
Public Notes
Binding: Modern maroon fabric boards; one flyleaf. The ms. recently conservated by Intach ICI Orissa Art Conservation Centre. The pages have all been covered with a thin gauze of Japanese paper, except for those with a painting. The text is very smudged and now rather hard to read - it is not clear whether the smearing was caused by the application of the gauze, or already present.

The ms. is paginated in reverse, as though it were a European ms. (i.e. f. 1v = f. 202r). For now, the pictures are numbered in their sequence, with the actual (reverse) folio number entered as the reconstructed folio no. The final folio, with colophon (which gives no details of date of scribe), is numbered 288, suggesting some folios are missing.

The manuscript is undated, but perhaps of 18th century.

Inspected in haste by Ch.M. January 2011, leaving an incomplete record.

Project Notes
Sort out page numbering.

Several images missing.

Still to look up location for several of the paintings that are available.

Story of Bizhan and Manizha starts on f. 90r ends f. 84r, followed by Barzunama.

Illustration in archive - 20     (back to top)
f. 001v
Zahhak enthroned
f. 001v
Illuminated unvan
f. 002r
Jamshid sawn in half before Zahhak
f. 003v
Faridun defeats Zahhak
f. 004r
Rustam kills Zal's white elephant
f. 005v
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt
f. 006r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div
f. 007v
Suhrab fights Gurdafarid
f. 008r
Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab
f. 009r
Afrasiyab sends Garsivaz to meet Siyavush
f. 010v
Rustam confronts the army of Afrasiyab
f. 011r
Rustam captures and kills Kamus
f. 012v
Rustam and Bizhan carry out a raid on Afrasiyab's palace
f. 013v
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 014r
Gushtasp catches Kitayun's eye at Caesar's court
f. 015v
f. 016r
f. 017r
Rustam boasts about his strength
f. 018v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow
f. 019v
Iskandar attends the dying Dara