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Accession Number:
Whinfield 1
Gregorian Date:
18th century (or next)
Whinfield, 1879
Folios extant in ms.:
Estimated num folios in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 27
Page Size (h x w):
475 x 272 mm
Text Size (h x w):
342 x 171 mm
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Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Search not completed
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
40 ( 37 Shahnama 2 Barzunama 1 other [ Firdausi and the poets ] )
Illustration Records in archive:
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Date last updated:
2010-11-14 11:46
Public Notes
Sarlauh on ff. 1v-2r. Text in chalipa, poychrome and gold frame, 475 x 70, geometrical and floral ornament.

E. Whinfield bought the ms from Bernhard Quaritch in 1879 who wrote to him referring to the origin of the ms as having been "siezed in the Imperial Palace at Delhi when the town was ravaged after the mutiny" (last flyleaf verso). FA

Project Notes
Add done by Will Ward under supervision of FA.

FA inspected the ms 21 October 2010 and took the pictures in the SCRR (Special Collections Reading Room) of the Science Library of the Bodleian.

It is an enormous in size codex, rebound in European fashion using Oriental motives. Luxurious materials: front covers deeply stamped with elaborate ornament in in light and dark green, biege and gold over bright red leather. Inside covers are covered with dark green moire silk. The name of the binder is mentioned inside the back cover: H. Stamper.

Flyleaf I contains a note by Bernard Quaritch to Whinfield re. the provenance of the manuscript, which is a fragment of his letter; Whinfield obviously cut this fragment out and attached it for reference.

Text seems to be normative, no prose introduction.

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f. 004v
Firdausi and the poets of Ghazna
f. 005v
Kayumars enthroned
f. 014v
Jamshid sawn in half before Zahhak
f. 019v
Faridun puts Zahhak down into the pit (VAR)
f. 024v
The murder of Iraj
f. 036v
Rudaba lets down her hair for Zal to climb up
f. 047r
The birth of Rustam
f. 056r
Afrasiyab executes Nauzar (18)
f. 059v
Rustam catches Rakhsh
f. 071v
Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion
f. 073r
Rustam's third labour: he kills a dragon
f. 075v
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div
f. 083v
Kay Kavus airborne
f. 097r
Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab
f. 104v
The fire ordeal of Siyavush
f. 125v
Guruy executes Siyavush
f. 131r
Kay Khusrau crosses the Oxus with Farangis and Giv
f. 145v
The death of Farud
f. 168v
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse
f. 178v
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso
f. 188r
Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea
f. 201r
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit
f. 222v
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 234r
Scene from the Barzunama
f. 254v
The fifth combat: Ruhham kills Barman
f. 288r
The execution of Afrasiyab
f. 298v
Rustam and other champions searching in the mountains for their comrades lost in the snow
f. 326r
Isfandiyar's second labour: he fights the lions
f. 327r
Isfandiyar's fourth labour: he kills the sorceress
f. 328r
Isfandiyar's fifth labour: he kills the Simurgh
f. 332r
Isfandiyar kills Arjasp to rescue his sisters
f. 346v
The dying Isfandiyar advises Rustam
f. 351r
Rustam kills Shaghad before dying
f. 354r
The execution of Faramarz
f. 362r
Iskandar attends the dying Dara
f. 370v
Iskandar visits Qaydafa disguised as a messenger
f. 380v
The great sages mourn the death of Iskandar
f. 466v
The creation of the game chess on behalf of the mother of Talhand
f. 487r
Bahram Chubina kills the fleeing Sava Shah
f. 535r
Mihr Hurmuzd murders Khusrau Parviz