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Accession Number:
BBP 86
Hijri Date:
1030 Ramadan
Gregorian Date:
1621 July (to nearest hijri month)
Mulla Ferooz Collection
Sadiq Muhammad b. Hafiz Ibrahim
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
270 x 210 mm
Text Size (h x w):
190 x 110 mm
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
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Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
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Date last updated:
2011-03-13 20:54
Public Notes
The manuscript is in a modern red binding, with three flyleaves, and has been recently restored, with the pages trimmed to the outer margins. The outer margin is a single blue line; inner margins are ruled in thin blue, space, two thin black with gold, thick gold, thin black. The rubrics are in red nasta'liq in a plain box, ruled in two thin black with gold lines. The columns are ruled with 2 x two thin black with gold. The catchwords are in place. The information on the spine gives the name of the copyist as Sadiq bin Muhammad Hafiz Ibrahim and the date as 1030/1640 (sic), and numbers 75 illustrations (possibly counting illuminated pages as well).

The manuscript is paginated as though it were a western book, i.e. reading from left to right. For the present, the illustrations are numbered as they appear in the ms., that is, in reverse order. The illuminations at the start of the volume, ff. 1v-2r, 13v, however, are given as their calculated number, but these need confirming.

The volume opens with a double illuminated carpet page (ff. 597v-598r). The Baysunghuri Preface starts after a bismillah. The satire on Mahmud is ff. 591r-589v; the Preface ends on f. 587v and the poem starts on f. 587r under an illuminated unvan, with a defaced seal.

The text is arranged in four daftars, under illuminated unvans:

Daftar I ends on f. 402r;

Daftar 2 starts on f. 401r (with the story of BIzhan) and ends on f. 273v

Daftar 3 starts on f. 272r (f. 272v and 273r are blank), with the reign of Gushtasp, and ends on f. 127v

Daftar 4 starts on f. 127r (with the reign of Anushirvan).

The text includes a Garshaspnama and a Barzunama (ff. 383v - 344r).

Two styles of painting can be seen throughout the manuscript, one Indian and one in the Qajar style from 19th-century Iran.

Project Notes
Sample page currently f. 586v should be 14r but this needs confirming. If the total no. of folios is 599 as noted, f. 1r should be f. 599v, but our notes say 1v = 598r.
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sample page
f. 001v
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1621)
f. 002r
Illuminated title page (recto side) (1621)
f. 004r
Bizhan kills Mahuy to avenge Yazdagird (1621)
f. 006r
The miller assassinates Yazdagird (1621)
f. 012v
Yazdagird III enthroned (1621)
f. 013v
Illuminated unvan (1621)
f. 016v
Mihr Hurmuzd murders Khusrau Parviz (1621)
f. 026r
The musician Barbad plays for Khusrau Parviz (1621)
f. 028v
Khusrau Parviz goes hunting (1621)
f. 039r
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion (1621)
f. 054v
Bahram Chubina enthroned (1621)
f. 093v
Talhand dies on the back of his elephant during the battle (1621)
f. 099v
Anushirvan sits before the chessboard sent by the Raja of Hind (1621)
f. 127r
Anushirvan enthroned (1621)
f. 131v
Shiruy (Qubad) enthroned (1621)
f. 153r
Bahram Gur marries Arzu, the daughter of Mahyar the jeweller (1621)
f. 160r
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1621)
f. 163v
Bahram Gur, Munzir and Nu'man receive a Persian delegation at Jahrum (1621)
f. 165v
A sea monster kills Yazdagird (1621)
f. 167v
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1621)
f. 169v
Yazdagird the Sinner enthroned (1621)
f. 176r
Shapur Dhu'l Aktaf enthroned (1621)
f. 189r
Ardashir hangs Haftvad and his eldest son Shahuy (1621)
f. 193r
The execution of Ardavan by Ardashir (1621)
f. 195v
Ardashir gives advice to the Iranian people (1621)
f. 200r
Iskandar returns from China (1621)
f. 203v
Iskandar and the talking birds (1621)
f. 211r
Iskandar challenges Fur to single combat (1621)
f. 218r
Iskandar enthroned (1621)
f. 219v
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1621)
f. 223r
The coronation of Bahman (1621)
f. 230r
The accession of Darab (1621)
f. 231r
Faramarz mourns Rustam and Zavara (1621)
f. 234v
Isfandiyar mourned (1621)
f. 236v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1621)
f. 255v
Isfandiyar kills Gurgsar during the seventh labour (1621)
f. 256v
Rustam boasts again of his lineage (1621)
f. 266v
Gushtasp puts Isfandiyar in chains (1621)
f. 272r
Gushtasp receives Zardusht and converts to the new faith (1621)
f. 277v
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1621)
f. 283v
Luhrasp enthroned (1621)
f. 292r
Zal reproaches Kay Khusrau (1621)
f. 293v
The execution of Afrasiyab (1621)
f. 310r
Kay Khusrau kills Shida (1621)
f. 322v
The eleventh combat: Gudarz kills Piran (1621)
f. 335v
Bizhan kills Human (1621)
f. 346v
Scene from the Barzunama (1621)
f. 350v
Scene from the Barzunama (1621)
f. 355v
Scene from the Barzunama (1621)
f. 384v
Rustam and Bizhan defeat Afrasiyab in battle (1621)
f. 386v
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1621)
f. 403v
Rustam kills Akvan Div (1621)
f. 406r
Rustam wrestles with Puladvand (1621)
f. 413r
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1621)
f. 420v
Rustam captures and kills Kamus (1621)
f. 422v
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1621)
f. 439v
Rustam comes to aid the Iranians (1621)
f. 446v
Farud kills Zarasp (1621)
f. 453v
Kay Khusrau's army besieges Bahman's castle (1621)
f. 463r
Zavara executes Surkha to avenge Siyavush (1621)
f. 468r
Siyavush taken prisoner before Afrasiyab (1621)
f. 488r
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1621)
f. 496r
Rustam discovers Suhrab's identity (1621)
f. 509v
Kay Kavus airborne (1621)
f. 517r
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1621)
f. 523r
Kay Kavus enthroned (1621)
f. 546r
Sam consults the mobads about Zal (1621)
f. 558r
The murder of Iraj (1621)
f. 569v
Scene from the Narimannama (1621)
f. 582r
Jamshid enthroned (1621)
f. 583r
Tahmuras enthroned (1621)
f. 583v
The Div Khazarvan fights Siyamak (1621)
f. 584v
Kayumars enthroned (1621)