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Accession Number:
Oriental mss. 21
Hijri Date:
Gregorian Date:
1833 (to nearest hijri year)
Folios extant in ms.:
Estimated num folios in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 23
Page Size (h x w):
360 x 215 mm
Text Size (h x w):
266 x 143 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Num Other Colophons:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
39 ( 22 Shahnama 17 other [ Samnama ] )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2016-02-09 17:36
Public Notes
This manuscripts is combined of two texts-- the Shahnama (fol. 6v-309r, 22 illustrations), and the Samnama (fol. 310v-371v, 17 illustrations). The Shahnama starts with the reign of Luhrasp and continues until the end of the epic. The manuscript has been preserved in complete order and with the original binding. The colophon on fol. 178r states that this is the end of the third daftar. This means that the manuscript is the second volume of a larger commission, which presumably included the first part of the epic in a separate volume.

All the catch-words in the Shahnama fit. The Samnama, however, lacks catch-words on fols. 310v-317v. Nevertheless, it seems to be complete. Each of the two texts ends with a dated colophon. All the illustrations in the manuscript were produced in the same style, which is easily identified with 19th-century Kashmiri painting. The manuscript includes two dated colophons.

6v Illuminated unvan- SN- Reign of Luhrasp

178r End of third daftar.

179v Illuminated unvan- SN- Reign of Kisra Anushirvan

309r Colophon at the end of the SN, 1249 AH/1833-4 CE

310v Illuminated unvan- Samnama

371v Colophon at the end of the Samnama 23 Sha'ban 1251 AH/ 14 December 1835 AD

Folio 150v was on display at the exhibition: "Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies", curated by Prof. Rob Linrothe. The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, January-April 2015.

Project Notes
Researched by Bilha Moor.
Illustration in archive - 60     (back to top)
sample page
f. 006v
Illuminated unvan (1833)
f. 034r
Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar (1833)
f. 037r
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions (1833)
f. 038r
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon (1833)
f. 039r
Isfandiyar's fourth labour: he kills the sorceress (1833)
f. 040r
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1833)
f. 041v
Isfandiyar's sixth labour: he escapes from a snow storm (1833)
f. 042r
Isfandiyar's seventh labour: Gurgsar leads him across the lake to Ruyin Dizh (the Brazen Hold) (1833)
f. 043r
Isfandiyar kills Gurgsar during the seventh labour (1833)
f. 046r
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters (1833)
f. 063v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1833)
f. 069v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1833)
f. 082r
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1833)
f. 089v
Battle between the armies of Iskandar and the Fur (1833)
f. 099v
Iskandar encounters Israfil (1833)
f. 150v
Bahram Gur and Mahyar listen to Arzu's harp playing (1833)
f. 178r
f. 179r
Illuminated unvan (1833)
f. 204v
Anushirvan receives the Khaqan's daughter (1833)
f. 211r
The creation of the game chess on behalf of the mother of Talhand
f. 234r
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1833)
f. 270v
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion (1833)
f. 280r
Khusrau Parviz writes to Caesar and receives a reply (1833)
f. 296v
Shirin commits suicide by the coffin of Khusrau Parviz (1833)
f. 302v
Sa'd-i Vaqqas kills Rustam (1833)
f. 309r
f. 310v
Illuminated title page (verso side) (1835)
f. 318v
Scene from the Samnama (1835)
f. 325v
Scene from the Samnama (1835)
f. 329v
Scene from the Samnama (1835)
f. 353v
Scene from the Samnama (1835)
f. 371v