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Accession Number:
Or. 716
Gregorian Date:
18th century (or next)
E.A. Reade Esq CB of Ipsen Court
Abu Mansuri
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
275 x 180 mm
Text Size (h x w):
215 x 118 mm
Indian nasta'liq with shikasta elements
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Date last updated:
2014-02-10 04:29
Public Notes
For the colophon illustration we provided the last page of the manuscript, which is organized as a typical colophon but does not contain any information about its provenance.
Project Notes
Thick Kashmir ms (653 ff.), full copy, with prose introduction (1v-7v, incipit: sipas-u afarin mar khuday-ra...), table of kings (8r-9v). It seems to be a fairly expensive commercial production (very heavily illustrated – 114 mns, using gold and silver). However, the quality of the calligraphic and illustrative work is not high: lots of marginal glosses, which are additions of the missing parts and corrections.

275 x 180

Provenance: presented to the Bodleian by E.A. Reade Esq CB of Ipsen Court in 1868.

Binding – thick cardboard covers painted over on both sides in bright, crude geometrical patterns.

Paper – medium thickness, yellowish, Oriental. Worm eaten in places.

Illustrations are indicated with sparkly green fabric tassles. The illuminations are of good quality, lots of gold in double page sarlauh (10v-11r), one proper unvan (traditional shape, f. 1v) and two others indicating the beginning the beginning of a daftar (f. 219r/220r) – very unusual strip of geometric ornament around the upper part of the page. Folio 79r contains a chalipa of a very peculiar style.(FA)

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sample page
f. 010v
Illuminated page
f. 010v
Illuminated page
f. 014r
The Div Khazarvan fights Siyamak
f. 018r
Jamshid sawn in half before Zahhak
f. 025v
Faridun attended by his sons and their wives
f. 027v
Salm and Tur send a message to Faridun
f. 033r
Iraj with his brothers Salm and Tur
f. 041r
Zal by Rudaba's castle
f. 044v
Scene from the Samnama
f. 050r
Scene from the Samnama
f. 060v
Scene from the Samnama
f. 071v
Scene from the Samnama
f. 076v
Scene from the Samnama
f. 079v
Scene from the Samnama
f. 080v
Scene from the Samnama
f. 083v
The Simurgh carries Zal to her nest
f. 094v
Zal comes to Sam in Kabul
f. 100r
Zal marries Rudaba
f. 105r
Nauzar enthroned
f. 107v
Barman kills Qubad
f. 109r
Visa finds his son dead
f. 113r
Rustam catches Rakhsh
f. 117v
A minstrel div tempts Kay Kavus to invade Mazandaran
f. 122r
Rustam's fourth labour: he kills the witch
f. 126v
Rustam fights the Mazandarani champion Juya
f. 129r
Kay Kavus asks the king of Hamavaran to marry his daughter
f. 135r
Rustam fights Afrasiyab
f. 136v
Rustam kills Alkus in combat
f. 137v
Rustam rests after hunting on the Turanian border
f. 139v
Suhrab fights Hujir
f. 146v
The first combat of Rustam and Suhrab
f. 149r
Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab
f. 149v
Suhrab overthrows Rustam in their second combat
f. 155r
Rustam introduces Siyavush to Kay Kavus
f. 159v
The fire ordeal of Siyavush
f. 164v
Kay Kavus replies to Siyavush
f. 170r
Siyavush displays his archery skill before Afrasiyab
f. 177v
Garsivaz with Siyavush
f. 182r
Guruy executes Siyavush
f. 185v
Faramarz kills Varazad
f. 187v
Pilsam spears Giv
f. 191v
Giv finds Kay Khusrau in Turan
f. 194v
The battle of Piran and Giv
f. 200r
The coronation of Kay Khusrau
f. 200v
Kay Kavus receives Kay Khusrau on his arrival from Turan
f. 203r
Kay Khusrau distributes gifts to his chief warriors
f. 208v
Farud shoots Tus's horse from under him
f. 214v
Piran attacks the Iranian camp at night
f. 215v
The Turanians defeat the Iranians
f. 222r
Tus kills Arzhang
f. 232r
Kamus fights Giv
f. 235r
f. 240v
Rustam confronts the forces of Turan and Chin
f. 243v
Rustam kills Gahar Gahani
f. 249r
Puladvand lifts Giv and Tus from their saddles
f. 250v
Rustam remounts while Puladvand escapes
f. 256r
Bizhan slaughters the wild boar
f. 257r
Manizha entertains Bizhan in the meadows
f. 257v
Bizhan is brought to Manizha's palace
f. 268r
Rustam and Bizhan carry out a raid on Afrasiyab's palace
f. 269v
Rustam and Bizhan defeat Afrasiyab in battle
f. 275r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 279v
Barzu wounds Rustam in combat
f. 290r
f. 292v
f. 301r
f. 302r
f. 308r
f. 311r
f. 322v
f. 328r
f. 334r
The fifth combat: Ruhham kills Barman
f. 341v
f. 348r
f. 354r
f. 359r
f. 367r
f. 373v
f. 378r
Caesar offers Katayun to Gushtasp in marriage
f. 383r
f. 390r
The battle between Gushtasp and Arjasp
f. 393r
f. 396r
Gushtasp puts Isfandiyar in chains
f. 400r
f. 411r
f. 412v
Rustam kicks aside the rock pushed by Bahman
f. 419v
f. 421r
Rustam retreats from his first battle with Isfandiyar
f. 428r
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying
f. 431r
The execution of Faramarz
f. 440r
Iskandar attends the dying Dara
f. 457r
Iskandar builds a wall against Gog and Magog
f. 472r
Hurmuzd before Shapur during a polo game
f. 488r
Shapur son of Shapur enthroned
f. 490v
f. 496r
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne
f. 504r
f. 516r
f. 518r
f. 526r
f. 537v
f. 542v
f. 546v
f. 549r
f. 549v
f. 556r
Anushirvan receives the Khaqan's daughter
f. 560r
Buzurjmihr demonstrates how to play the game of chess
f. 578v
f. 581r
f. 583v
Bahram Chubina fights Parmuda, the son of Sava Shah
f. 593v
f. 598r
f. 609v
f. 612r
f. 616r
f. 628r
f. 630r
f. 633v