شاهنامه.

Shāhnāmah.

Author
Format
Manuscript, Book
Language
Persian
Published/​Created
[Iran?], [1575-1625?]
Description
1 online resource (532 leaves) : paper, illustrations, illuminations

Details

Subject(s)
Donor
Former owner
Binder
Summary note
Clearly written copy with one preface and 45 thickly painted miniatures; the colophon is missing from the end. An introductory illustration shows Firdawsī meeting Sulṭān Maḥmūd Ghaznavī (f. 1r). Labels in the illustrations identifying some of the characters were added by a later hand. One page is in its unfinished state with a blank left for the illustration (f. 477v) and all pages subsequent to that are missing rubrications and some rules.
Notes
  • Binding: Rebound in modern red leather with blind tooled frames and gold tooled corners; inside covers incorporate found traditional Islamic binding outside covers which were dark red leather with blind stamped central mandorla with radiant lines and two pendants on the vertical axis and a frame made up of blind stamped cartouches; gilt edges. Rebound by Riviere and Son (stamp inside back cover).
  • Decoration: Opening illustration with foliate marginal fill (f. 1r); illuminated headpiece above the preface, chiefly in gold and blue with the text written on cloudbands with blue and orange flowers on the gold fill and foliate marginal fill (f. 1v-2r); second illuminated headpiece in gold and blue on first opening after the preface (f. 6v) with the text of the full opening on cloudbands with blue and orange flowers and gold, foliate marginal fill (f. 6v-7r); third illuminated header (f. 136v); 45 polychrome and gold miniatures, frequently spilling into the margins (f. 21r, 27r, 28v, 45r, 47r, 58v, 59v, 61v, 64r, 72r, 74v, 83v, 89v, 103v, 109r, 114v, 128r, 133r, 157v, 159r, 171r, 192r, 215v, 217r, 223r, 233v, 238r, 244v, 246v, 248v, 261v, 270v, 271r, 281v, 292v, 294v, 297v, 309v, 330v, 337r, 365v, 369r, 389r, 424v, 439v); textblock border-ruled in double gold, orange and blue; rubrications in red and gold.
  • Foliation: Modern foliation added in pencil, upper left recto; catchwords every verso, lower left.
  • Layout: Preface: 25 long lines. Text: chiefly 25 lines in 4 columns with gold double rules between each column; border-ruled.
  • Ms. codex.
  • Origin: The item is undated, but was probably copied in the late 16th or early 17th century.
  • Script: Written in nastaʻlīq in black ink; pointed.
  • Title from beginning of text (f. 1v).
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.
Source acquisition
Gift of Anne Baker Lewis in 1933.
References
Simsar, Muhammed Ahmed. Oriental manuscripts of the John Frederick Lewis Collection, 50
Title on spine
  • Shah Nameh of Firdausi
OCLC
1101189870
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