Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020)

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  • Period

    1621 (1030 A.H.)
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  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 34.8 x 20.6 cm (13 11/16 x 8 1/8 in)
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  • Description

    Manuscript; Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; Persian in black nasta'liq script; 633 folios with a double-page frontispiece (fols. 7 verso, and 8 recto), one sarlawh (fol. 8 verso), one dated colophon (fol.633 recto), 44 paintings, and seals (fols. 12 recto, 366 recto, 633 recto/verso); inscriptions (fols. 633 recto/ verso, 635 recto); Muhammad Qasim b. Hajji Muhammad Kashani added a glossary of words (fols. 1-6) to the manuscript in A.H Muharram 1257 (A.D. February 1847); standard page: 4 columns of text.
    Binding: The manuscript is bound in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century; the binding is of brown leather over paper pasteboards with block-stamped medallions, cornerpieces, and doublures of marbled paper.
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    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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