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Accession Number:
Haci Besir Aga 486
Hijri Date:
843 Rajab 25
Gregorian Date:
1440 January 9
Haji Bashir Agha, 1158
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 21
Page Size (h x w):
208 x 146 mm
Text Size (h x w):
132 x 87 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
20 ( 2 frontispiece(s) 18 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2009-02-20 21:52
Public Notes
Binding oriental, of dark red leather with medallions and corners, stamped with floral ornament filled in with gold. The flap has the same decoration. The paper is oriental, thick, slightly glossy. The manuscript is in good condition, slightly restored on margins.

The text is written in Indian ink, text headings in gold with floral ornament in gold, red and blue. The ms. starts with the prose preface (ff. 2v - 10r), inc..: Sipas-i afarin-i khuday-ra…, under a very good sarlauh, ff. 2v-3r. The satire on Sultan Mahmud is on ff. 6v -7r. The text of the Shahnama begins on f. 10v under an 'unvan in blue, gold, red and light blue of a very refined design and execution. Incipit of the poem is normative. The text, at least in those passages that are illustrated, is close to the standard editions.

Another 'unvan is on f. 310v, for the start of the reign of Luhrasp.

The copy contains 20 illustrations, including a double-page frontispiece of a hunting scene. The choice of scenes is quite traditional, all being frequently depicted in other mss, and the placement of the paintings in the text is also accurate, so that there is a close coordination between text and image. The painting on f. 84v has been retouched later; several of the others show signs of deterioration. (F.A.).

Project Notes
Check fol. no. of sample page (from Davazdah Rukh). The original dimensions etc. were taken from f. 85r.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration in archive - 21     (back to top)
sample page
f. 001v
Frontispiece (verso side) (1440)
f. 002r
Frontispiece (recto side) (1440)
f. 002v
Illuminated page (1440)
f. 027v
Manuchihr kills Salm (1440)
f. 061r
Rustam kills Zal's white elephant (1440)
f. 084v
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1440)
f. 121v
The fire ordeal of Siyavush (1440)
f. 131v
Siyavush plays polo before Afrasiyab (1440)
f. 198r
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1440)
f. 235v
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1440)
f. 264r
The eleventh combat: Gudarz kills Piran (1440)
f. 278v
Kay Khusrau kills Shida (1440)
f. 299v
The execution of Afrasiyab (1440)
f. 317v
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1440)
f. 342v
Isfandiyar's first labour: he fights the wolves (1440)
f. 400r
Iskandar visits the Ka'ba (1440)
f. 427r
Ardashir recognizes Shapur during a polo game (1440)
f. 453v
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1440)
f. 555v
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1440)
f. 595v
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion (1440)
f. 634r
The miller assassinates Yazdagird (1440)