شاهنامه.

Shāhnāmah.

Author
Format
Manuscript, Book
Language
Persian
Published/​Created
[Iran?], A.H. 996 (1588)
Description
1 online resource (514 leaves) : paper, illustrations, illuminations

Details

Subject(s)
Donor
Former owner
Auctioneer
Summary note
Complete, illustrated copy of the Shāhnāmah on inset leaves with 31 miniatures in bright colors and gold.
Notes
  • Binding: Bound in black leather over pasteboard (Type III) with faded gold stamping of a central mandorla and two pendants on the vertical axis and wide frame, all with finials; doublure of red leather with central mandorla and two pendants on the vertical axis in formerly-gold tool, now green with double frame of parallel lines; back board detached.
  • Decoration: Illuminated frontispiece in blue and gold with a central circular medallion (shamsah) set into a larger blue shamsah with two pendants in blue along the vertical axis and cornerpieces also in blue, all filled with floral motifs in polychrome and gold, the remaining white space is filled with floral motifs in gold (f. 9r); dual-page illuminated opening with the text set into the middle register of three on each page within floral cloudbands, the upper and lower registers each have a gold cartouche surrounded by blue with polychrome and gold floral fill and the entire set is bordered by a wide band made of black and red cartouches all surrounded by a scalloped exterior frame in gold and blue with floral fill (f. 9v-10r); Five illuminated headpieces in gold and blue (f. 15v, 109v, 149v, 385v, 473v); 33 vibrantly colored illustrations (f. 18v, 28r, 35r, 43r, 58v, 64r, 71v, 80v, 89v, 104v, 145v, 158r, 184r, 187r, 197v, 204r, 213r, 238r, 265v, 277v, 292v, 310r, 345v, 365r, 382r, 415v, 438r, 442r, 456v, 469r, 482v, 499r, 505r); textblock border-ruled in blue, red, gold, and blue with columns ruled in gold; rubrications in red and gold.
  • Foliation: Modern foliation added in pencil, upper left recto; catchwords every verso, lower left.
  • Layout: 25 lines in four columns; border-ruled and columns ruled.
  • Ms. codex.
  • Origin: The copy was completed in Rabīʻ al-Thānī 996 A.H. (March, 1588 CE) (f. 506r).
  • Script: Written in nastaʻliq in black ink; pointed.
  • Title from introduction (f. 4r).
Location of originals
  • Original Columbia, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
  • OPenn University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Language note
Persian.
Provenance
  • Formerly owned by John Frederick Lewis.
  • Formerly owned by Oliver Henry Perkins (bookplate, f. 1r).
  • Sold at Anderson Auction Galleries, 23 March, 1926, lot 568 (catalog entries and note in pencil, f. 514v).
References
Simsar, Muhammed Ahmed. Oriental manuscripts of the John Frederick Lewis Collection, 52
Other title(s)
شاهنامه مصور
Title on fore-edge
  • Shāhnāmah-i muṣavvar.
  • شاهنامه مصور
OCLC
1124680185
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