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Accession Number:
University Farsiyya 2/12
Hijri Date:
1261 Muharram 29
Gregorian Date:
1845 February 6
ex-Lytton Library
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Num Other Colophons:
Ms Type:
Codex in four volumes
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Search not completed
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
31 ( 28 Shahnama 3 Barzunama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2013-03-17 19:49
Public Notes
Complete text bound in four volumes with continuous foliation.It has been trimmed and rebound in plain black leather with a plain spine also; in such a way that there is heavy stress on the paper along the gutter of the volumes, making it difficult to turn the pages (of rather crispy brownish thin paper) and for the paper to lie flat. It is a typical example of the Kashmir production, with the added misfortune that the faces have all been scribbled over, even the faces of the horses.

Rulings: there is an outer margin of a single thin blue line; the text block is ruled in thin blue - space - tomato red - space - two thin black - thick gold - thin black with gold. Columns are 2 x two thin black with gold. The rubrics are in small boxes, 2 thin black with gold, straddling across the central column which has not been erased. The background is plain and the titles are in crimson nasta'liq.

Volume 1 (12/1) starts on f. 1v, with a paisley unvan in pale blue, pink, orange and beige, with the normative start of the poem, and ends on f. 177v, with the end of the story of Furud. There is no colophon date.

Volume 2 (12/2) has blank f. 178r and starts under unvan on f. 178v, with the story of Rustam and the Khaqan-i Chin; it ends on f. 338r with the end of the Great War; again, no date in the colophon. Fol. 338v is blank.

Volume 3 (12/3) has a blank f. 339r and starts under an unvan on f. 339v with the accession of Luhrasp. It ends on f. 506v with Qubad surrendering the throne to Anushirvan, with a colophon dating the completion of daftar three as 13 Dhu'l Hijja 1260 - indicating that it took about 6 weeks to complete the fourth and final volume.

Volume 4 (12/4) starts on f. 507r with a library stamp: Lytton Library and the note of 4 paintings. The text resumes on f. 507v with the reign of Kisra Anushirvan, under an unvan. It ends on f. 629v with a colophon dating the completion of the daftar on 29 Muharram 1261.

The volumes were inspected rather quickly and it is possible that some paintings have been overlooked.

Illustration in archive - 31     (back to top)
f. 004v
Kayumars enthroned (1845)
f. 007v
Jamshid sawn in half before Zahhak (1845)
f. 027r
The murder of Iraj (1845)
f. 031v
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt (1845)
f. 065r
Rustam catches Rakhsh (1845)
f. 106r
Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab (1845)
f. 153r
Kay Khusrau crosses the Oxus with Farangis and Giv (1845)
f. 194r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1845)
f. 204v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso (1845)
f. 220r
Piran stays the execution of Bizhan (1845)
f. 230r
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1845)
f. 246r
Scene from the Barzunama (1845)
f. 258r
Barzu's mother prevents Rustam from killing Barzu (1845)
f. 277v
Scene from the Barzunama (1845)
f. 286v
Bizhan kills Human (1845)
f. 296rA
The second combat: Giv fights Guruy Zirih (1845)
f. 296rB
The third combat: Guraza fights Siyamak (1845)
f. 310v
Kay Khusrau kills Shida (1845)
f. 328v
Kay Khusrau leads Afrasiyab by lasso (1845)
f. 356r
Zarir attacks Arjasp's army (1845)
f. 370r
Isfandiyar's fourth labour: he kills the sorceress (1845)
f. 392v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1845)
f. 410v
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1845)
f. 421r
Iskandar visits Qaydafa disguised as a messenger (1845)
f. 440v
f. 469r
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1845)
f. 487v
f. 517v
Nushzad killed in battle with Ram Barzin (1845)
f. 557r
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1845)
f. 593r
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion (1845)
f. 616v
Mihr Hurmuzd murders Khusrau Parviz (1845)