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Accession Number:
Ms. 1339
Hijri Date:
1001 Sha'ban 2
Gregorian Date:
1593 May 3
Burhan ?
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 25
Page Size (h x w):
350 x 230 mm
Text Size (h x w):
203 x 122 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Volume 2 only
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
60 ( 60 Shahnama )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2014-11-03 09:26
Public Notes
No illustrations are available at the moment for this ms., which is in very weak condition and in urgent need of restoration. It has been viewed briefly twice, thanks to the assistance of Prof. Mansur Sefatgol of Tehran University; and also studied on b/w microfilm.

The binding is original, much decayed; red leather, stamped and gilded margins of lozenges, a central medallion and two pendants. The spine has completely disappeared. Doublure of plain red - maroon leather (as outside).

There are 308 ff. and 1 flysheet. Fol. 308v has a description (repr. in Danish-pazhuh, p. 26) of the full ms (2 vols?), of which now only the second part remains. Originally there were 159 paintings (majlis) according to this description. Also 2 seals, now defaced.

f. 2v an unvan, 66x124 mm, of three gold lozenges inside blue decorated arabesques and gold again outside. Very beautifully executed, details of flowers in white, red and black on arabesques. All panels are blank.

The Margins ruled in blue, gold, red, green, gold. Columns are ruled in black; on the opening page, they are infilled with gold, and decorated with floral pattern of pink, blue, red and white flowers.

There is worm damage to opening pages; paper quite thick and smooth but not glossy, of beige colour. The paper is from Isfahan according to Danish-pazhuh. The text block is darker, ms. has probably been remargined. f. 3r is certainly pasted onto new margins, but catchwords have been provided.

Text headings (rubrics) are in black ink, in decorated panels of gold centre and blue decorations round central lozenge, with green arabesques behind the script, creating a startling effect (f. 2v). But there are several variations, e.g. f. 45r, there are three rubrics on the page: 1. red with green margins, pale blue arabesques on gold (no lozenge); 2. green with red borders; 3. blue and red, with green arabesques.

The paintings are generally in bright colours, lots of pinks, reds, and heavy use of gold, and a rather bright emerald green, very electric!

In general, the text is a complete and standard one, close to the printed editions. Incipit: chu luhrasp nishast bar takht-i dad..; explicit: har ankas kih darad hush va ray va din pas az marg bar man kunad afarin.

The paintings too, appear to be rather close to the text. Most paintings are introduced or preceded by a page of chalipa decoration, and these pages are adorned with gold floral motifs.

Fol. 307v-308r (with colophon) is a highly ornate double page of chalipa script. The panels of chalipa are gold, with blue corners, and red and white flowers. Text columns with black and dark blue panels, with red and white floral decorations. The folios here have been remargined.

There is some water damage to the bottom of the ms. (Ch.M.).

The ms. is catalogued by Muhammad Taqi Danesh Pazhuh, Fihrist-i Kitabkhana-iy Markazi-yi Danishgah-i Tihran, Tehran, 1339sh/1960, pp. 25-6.

Project Notes
Both the director of the ms section and the Fankha Vol. 18 (Iran's Manuscripts Fihrist) state the number of illustrations as 159. SM
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
Illustration Ref:
Melville, C. Personal notes. Cambridge. UK.
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f. 004r
Gushtasp meets Zarir (1593)
f. 005v
Gushtasp seeks work in Rum with the smith Burab (1593)
f. 008r
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum (1593)
f. 014r
Gushtasp enthroned (1593)
f. 021r
Isfandiyar kills Bidarafsh (1593)
f. 024r
Gushtasp puts Isfandiyar in chains (1593)
f. 026v
Arjasp flees from Gushtasp in combat (1593)
f. 028r
Jamasp releases Isfandiyar (1593)
f. 030v
Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar (1593)
f. 032v
Isfandiyar's first labour: he fights the wolves (1593)
f. 033r
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions (1593)
f. 034r
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon (1593)
f. 035r
Isfandiyar's fourth labour: he kills the sorceress (1593)
f. 036r
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1593)
f. 037v
Isfandiyar's seventh labour: Gurgsar leads him across the lake to Ruyin Dizh (the Brazen Hold) (1593)
f. 038v
Isfandiyar kills Gurgsar during the seventh labour (1593)
f. 039v
Isfandiyar disguised as a merchant before Arjasp (1593)
f. 042v
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters (1593)
f. 046v
Isfandiyar on the march to Zabul (1593)
f. 048r
Rustam kicks aside the rock pushed by Bahman (1593)
f. 051v
Rustam and Isfandiyar parley (1593)
f. 054r
Rustam boasts about his strength (1593)
f. 058r
The first combat of Rustam and Isfandiyar (1593)
f. 059r
Zavara and Faramarz kill Isfandiyar's sons Nush-Azar and Mihr-i Nush (1593)
f. 062r
The Simurgh heals Rustam's wounds (1593)
f. 064v
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1593)
f. 067r
Isfandiyar mourned (1593)
f. 072r
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1593)
f. 075r
The laundryman rescues Darab from the water (1593)
f. 077v
Darab and Rashnavad fight the Rumis (1593)
f. 084r
Iskandar executes Dara's murderers (1593)
f. 089r
Kayd gets his daughter ready for Iskandar (1593)
f. 092v
Iskandar kills Fur (1593)
f. 099v
Iskandar kills a dragon (1593)
f. 101v
Iskandar and the sage Khizr seek the Fountain of Life (1593)
f. 103r
Iskandar builds a wall against Gog and Magog (1593)
f. 104v
Iskandar and the talking tree (1593)
f. 107v
The execution of Ardavan by Ardashir (1593)
f. 109r
The story of Haftvad's daughter (1593)
f. 120r
Shapur Dhu'l Aktaf enthroned (1593)
f. 130r
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1593)
f. 135v
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1593)
f. 139v
A drunken shoemaker rides on Bahram Gur's escaped lion (1593)
f. 152v
Bahram Gur captures the Khaqan of Chin (1593)
f. 160r
Bahram Gur kills a monkey-lion before the throne of Shapur of India (CHECK) (1593)
f. 161r
Bahram Gur kills a dragon in India (1593)
f. 170v
Qubad returns to Iran (1593)
f. 175v
Anushirvan enthroned (1593)
f. 184v
Buzurjmihr under the tree with the speaking snake (1593)
f. 201r
Anushirvan sits before the chessboard sent by the Raja of Hind (1593)
f. 207r
Talhand dies on the back of his elephant during the battle (1593)
f. 221v
Hurmuzd enthroned (1593)
f. 231v
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah (1593)
f. 247v
Bahram Chubina's night attack on the camp of Khusrau Parviz (1593)
f. 263r
Bahram Chubina captures Nastuh (1593)
f. 267v
Bahram Chubina kills the monkey-lion (1593)
f. 275v
Qalun is arrested and beaten to death (1593)
f. 280r
Khusrau and Shirin (1593)
f. 283r
The musician Barbad plays for Khusrau Parviz (1593)
f. 293r
Mihr Hurmuzd murders Khusrau Parviz (1593)