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Accession Number:
MS 1
Hijri Date:
1048 Ramadan 1
Gregorian Date:
1639 January 5
Library of Muzaffar al-Din Shah
Muhammad Qasim b. Ghiyath al-Din 'Ali Ustadi
Folios extant in ms.:
Estimated num folios in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
380 x 220 mm
Text Size (h x w):
265 x 139 mm
Colophon Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2014-09-28 22:41
Public Notes
This manuscript is a handsome volume, with a note on fol. 1r saying it was received from the "Bibliotheque de sa Majeste Muzaffar al-Din Shah of Persia"

The codex begins (fol. 1v) with the start of the reign of Luhrasp, under a illuminated unvan, which has been cut out from after fol. 221, to provide a more attractive start to the manuscript, which was clearly defective. The text proper begins (on fol. 2r) in the story of Zahhak, at a verse not in Mohl: "chu Iblis paivasta did anjoman"...

The margins are ruled n blue, space, two thin black, thick yellow gold, pale green, thin crimson. The columns are tw x 2 thin black lines, with gold. The rubrics vary, in boxes ruled with two thin black lines, on an empty ground (e.g. fol. 7r), or n naskh within a red-ruled box 9fol. 10r), or surrounded by a cloud decoration (fols. 14r, 20 r).,

The manuscript has been foliated on different occasions in both Arabic and European numerals (every 10 folios), the former initially and not always visible, but allowing some idea of what has been removed and is now missing, The variation between the two numbers is not consistent. From the start, it is five foliso different (on f. 15r there is written 20 in Persian).

The manuscript is not comlete and maybe disordered. The following missing pages were noted:

Between f. 19v and 20r, one page missing

Project Notes
Loaned for exhibition at the opening of the Shahnama Centre on 24 May 2014. Subsequently returned to owner after thorough study.

Report to complete.

Details uploaded by Fateme Mahvan in September 2014 on internship.

Illustration in archive - 41     (back to top)
Doublure (1639)
Binding (1639)
f. 001v
Illuminated unvan (1639)
f. 007v
Faridun defeats Zahhak (1639)
f. 037v
Afrasiyab executes Nauzar (1639)
f. 041v
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt (1639)
f. 073 v
Kay Kavus embraces Siyavush after the fire ordeal (1639)
f. 084r
Siyavush marries Farangis (1639)
f. 092r
Guruy executes Siyavush (1639)
f. 161v
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1639)
f. 173r
Bizhan fights with Human (1639)
f. 197v
Kay Khusrau fights Shida (1639)
f. 226r
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum (1639)
f. 237v
Arjasp defeats Gushtasp (1639)
f. 250r
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions (1639)
f. 252r
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1639)
f. 307r
Iskandar with Queen Qaydafa and her court (1639)
f. 320v
Ardashir recognizes Shapur during a polo game (1639)
f. 330v
Shapur son of Ardashir enthroned (1639)
f. 334r
The battle between the armies of Shapur and Rum (1639)
f. 350v
Bahram Gur hunts lions (1639)
f. 360v
Bahram Gur bequeaths his kingdom to Yazdagird (1639)
f. 380v
Nushzad killed in battle with Ram Barzin (1639)
f. 396r
Anushirvan receives the Khaqan's daughter (1639)
f. 407r
Gav asks Talhand to stop the battle (1639)
f. 428r
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1639)