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

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  • Period

  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 33.2 x 22.9 x 6.7 cm (13 1/16 x 9 x 2 5/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Manuscript; Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; 440 folios with a double-page frontispiece (fols. 1 verso, 2 recto), 1 unwan (folio 6 verso), 110 illustrations; seal; inscriptions contain the name, Shah Jahan Jamshid khan and the date A.H. 672 [A.D. 1274] (folio1 recto ); standard page, 4 columns, 30 lines.
    Binding: The manuscript is bound in dark red cloth- cover over paper pasteboards with corner pieces and doublures of marbled paper.
  • Marks

    The manuscript contains three seals: the seal of Shah Jahan I, seal with inscription: mehr Ali, mehr negin delam, hal shodeh az mehr Ali moshkelam, and seal of Lahi ibn Haji Ostovar the minister of Shah Jahan.
  • Inscriptions

    The inscriptions on the folio 1 recto reads: "the copy was written in A.H. 672 [A.D. 1274] and ended up in the hands of Shah Jahan Jamshid Khan, governor of Kerman, who was over thrown by Arghun Khan Mongol. Later Shah Jahan joined the sardaran of Timur Ghurakan."
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
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