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Accession Number:
FY. 1406
Title of Work:
Shahnama (Big Head)
Hijri Date:
Gregorian Date:
1493 (to nearest hijri year)
Lahijan, Gilan
Ex-Yildiz Saray Library
Karkiya Mirza 'Ali
Salik b. Sa`id
Columns x Rows:
4 x 23
Page Size (h x w):
342 x 240 mm
Text Size (h x w):
233 x 151 mm
Colophon Folio:
Sample Page Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Second half
Completion Status:
Search not completed
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2016-07-25 10:28
Public Notes
The second half of the 'Big Head' Shahnama, the first half of which is currently in the Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi, Istanbul (ms. 1978). There is no sign of any continuous pagination across the two volumes: the University Library volume starts on f. 1r with incipit at Mohl 14:202.

A brief description kindly provided by Prof. David Roxburgh, from notes made in 1993, including the list of images, has been updated from the study of the MS in digital format in the Library by CM & FA in September 2015, along with a very brief inspection of the MS itself by CM in December 2015 and in more detail in February 2016.

Outside front and back covers are late replacements: cardboard covered with purple paper, and gilt border of flowers and leaves. Doublure of green paper. Plain spine, no flap.The text is in black nasta'liq, with purple/magenta rubrics. The text block is set within black and gold rulings: Blue - 2 thin black - thick gold - space - 2 thin black with gold. Columns: 2 x two thin black with gold. Rubrics: 2 thin black with gold, no infill. Headings in riqa', range of deep blues, magenta, greys.

The paper is thick, burnished and has very few worm holes in the later part of the MS. It is a substantial and handsome volume and in good overall repair.

There is some disturbance of the folios; for example, folio 16 should be followed by folio 2, folio 296 should be followed by folio 298 and folio 303 should be followed by folio 297. The catchwords in place make it straightforward to rectify the disturbance, and suggest that two folios are missing altogether.

See also under 'Dispersed' manuscripts.

Project Notes
Tidy up bibliography.

Work in progress by CM (paper in preparation), and FA.

A few images ordered: very expensive (75 TL each), although more recently this was reduced to 15 TL (unconfirmed!): these to be incorporated when ready. NB one image reproduced in the Exhibition catalogue, ed. Lale Uluc (2015).

Possibility of joint project to publish the complete volume discussed with the Director in September 2015.

Sample page measurements taken from fol. 3r but the image currently 255r.

Order more images in Dec. 2015. Done and received; order more now prices reduced.

General Ref:
Edhem, F. & Stchoukine, I. Les manuscrits orientaux illustres de la Bibliotheque de l'Universite de Stamboul. E. de Boccard. Paris. France.
General Ref:
Sobhani, T.H. & Aqsu, H. A catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the Library of Istanbul University. Institute for Humanities and Cultual Studies. Tehran. Iran.
Dating Ref:
Colophon Extracted from the colophon of the work.
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f. 001v
Gushtasp catches Kitayun's eye at Caesar's court (1493)
f. 002r
Mihr Hurmuzd murders Khusrau Parviz (1493)
f. 008v
Sa'd-i Vaqqas kills Rustam (1493)
f. 016v
Barbad laments for Parviz (1493)
f. 017v
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum (1493)
f. 019v
Gushtasp kills a dragon in Rum (1493)
f. 020v
Gushtasp plays polo before Caesar (1493)
f. 022r
Gushtasp kills Ilyas in combat (1493)
f. 024v
Gushtasp enthroned (1493)
f. 025v
Gushtasp receives Zardusht and converts to the new faith (1493)
f. 030v
The start of the battle between the armies of Gushtasp and Arjasp (1493)
f. 031r
Garami son of Jamasp seizes the Iranian standard but is killed (1493)
f. 032r
Bidarafsh kills Zarir, the brother of Gushtasp (1493)
f. 035r
The death of Luhrasp in battle against the forces of Arjasp (1493)
f. 036r
Arjasp defeats Gushtasp (1493)
f. 037v
Jamasp releases Isfandiyar (1493)
f. 042v
Isfandiyar lassoes the Turanian hero Gurgsar (1493)
f. 044v
Isfandiyar's first labour: he fights the wolves (1493)
f. 045r
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions (1493)
f. 045v
Isfandiyar's third labour: he fights the dragon (1493)
f. 046v
Isfandiyar's fourth labour: he kills the sorceress (1493)
f. 047r
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh (1493)
f. 049r
Isfandiyar kills Gurgsar during the seventh labour (1493)
f. 051r
Isfandiyar besieges Arjasp's fortress (1493)
f. 052r
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters (1493)
f. 056v
Katayun gives advice to Isfandiyar (1493)
f. 061r
Isfandiyar boasts about his own lineage (1493)
f. 066r
The first combat of Rustam and Isfandiyar (1493)
f. 067v
Rustam retreats from his first battle with Isfandiyar (1493)
f. 071r
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1493)
f. 078v
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying (1493)
f. 079v
Faramarz burns Shaghad's body (1493)
f. 082r
The execution of Faramarz (1493)
f. 086r
Darab receives the crown (1493)
f. 089r
Iskandar with Dara (1493)
f. 092r
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1493)
f. 093r
Iskandar executes Dara's murderers (1493)
f. 095v
Iskandar marries Raushanak (1493)
f. 098r
Iskandar sends nine wisemen to see the four wonders of India (1493)
f. 098v
The nine wisemen bring Kayd's daughter from India (1493)
f. 099r
Iskandar the Indian philosopher (1493)
f. 102r
Iskandar kills Fur (1493)
f. 103r
Iskandar visits the Ka'ba (1493)
f. 105r
Iskandar visits Qaydafa disguised as a messenger (1493)
f. 108v
Iskandar in the land of the Brahmins (1493)
f. 109r
Iskandar sees the marvels of the eastern sea (1493)
f. 112r
Khizr at the Fountain of Life (1493)
f. 112v
Iskandar encounters Israfil (1493)
f. 114v
Iskandar and the talking tree (1493)
f. 115v
The Faghfur of Chin responds to Iskandar's envoy (1493)
f. 116v
Approaching Babylon Iskandar meets Gushbistar (1493)
f. 117v
Iskandar writes to Aristotle and receives a reply (1493)
f. 119r
Iskandar mourned (1493)
f. 120v
Ardashir hunts with Ardavan's sons (1493)
f. 123r
Ardavan led captive before Ardashir (1493)
f. 124r
Ardashir fights the Kurds (1493)
f. 125v
Mihrak son of Nushzad plunders Ardashir's palace (1493)
f. 126v
Ardashir kills Mihrak Nushzad (1493)
f. 127v
Ardashir hangs Haftvad and his eldest son Shahuy (1493)
f. 128r
Ardashir Babakan enthroned (1493)
f. 129v
Ardashir recognizes Shapur during a polo game (1493)
f. 130v
Mihrak's daughter converses with Shapur (1493)
f. 131r
Hurmuzd before Shapur during a polo game (1493)
f. 133r
Ardashir gives advice to the Iranian elder leaders (1493)
f. 135r
The battle between the armies of Shapur and Rum (1493)
f. 136v
Urmuzd dies (1493)
f. 137r
Bahram enthroned (1493)
f. 138r
Bahram son of Bahram enthroned (1493)
f. 139r
Urmuzd son of Narsi enthroned (1493)
f. 141v
Shapur Dhu'l Aktaf enthroned (1493)
f. 144v
Shapur captures the King of Rum (1493)
f. 146v
Shapur executes Mani (1493)
f. 150v
Bahram Gur hunts in the company of Azada (1493)
f. 152v
A sea monster kills Yazdagird (1493)
f. 156r
Bahram Gur fights two lions to win the throne (1493)
f. 160rA
Bahram Gur and the drunken Kabruy (1493)
f. 160rB
A drunken shoemaker rides on Bahram Gur's escaped lion (1493)
f. 162r
Bahram Gur and the miller's daughters (1493)
f. 165r
Bahram Gur skewers a doe and buck while hunting (1493)
f. 171v
Bahram Gur kills the dragon that had killed a youth (1493)
f. 174r
Bahram Gur captures the Khaqan of Chin (1493)
f. 179r
Shangul entertains Bahram Gur (1493)
f. 181r
Bahram Gur kills a dragon in India (1493)
f. 181v
Bahram Gur asks Shangul to give him his daughter Sapinud as a wife (1493)
f. 183v
Bahram Gur entertains Shangul and the seven monarchs (1493)
f. 189v
Shapur leads Sufaray before Qubad (1493)
f. 192r
Anushirvan debates with Mazdak (1493)
f. 192v
Anushirvan executes Mazdak and his followers (1493)
f. 193r
Anushirvan enthroned (1493)
f. 201v
Nushzad killed in battle with Ram Barzin (1493)
f. 202v
Aushirvan has a dream (1493)
f. 203r
Buzurjmihr interprets a dream for Anushirvan about a youth in his harem (1493)
f. 203v
Anushirvan executes a young man and his half-sister in his harem (1493)
f. 204v
Anushirvan's second majlis for Buzurjmihr (1493)
f. 208r
Anushirvan's seventh majlis for Buzurjmihr (1493)
f. 209v
Anushirvan interrogates Zarvan about his role in Mahbud's murder (1493)
f. 210r
Anushirvan executes Zarvan and the Jew (1493)
f. 214v
Mihran Sitad asks the Khaqan to give his daughter to Anushirvan as a wife (1493)
f. 215v
Anushirvan receives the Khaqan's daughter (1493)
f. 217v
Buzurjmihr advises Anushirvan (1493)
f. 221r
Buzurjmihr demonstrates how to play the game of chess (1493)
f. 222r
Buzurjmihr shows the Indian how to play backgammon (1493)
f. 226r
Gav and Talhand dispose their troops before their second battle (1493)
f. 231v
Buzurjmihr predicts the contents of the locked chest (1493)
f. 254v
Bahram Chubina wears the woman's clothes sent by Hurmuzd (1493)
f. 259r
Ayin Gushtasp is murdered (1493)
f. 272r
Gustaham in conversation with the weeping talisman (1493)
f. 282r
The monkey-lion devours the Khaqan's daughter (1493)
f. 285v
The captive Qulun mortally wounds Bahram Chubina (1493)