Firdausi, Shahanama, The Book of Kings, an illuminated manuscript of Persian poetry, in two volumes, illustrated with 38 miniatures North India, probably Kashmir or Punjab, circa 1840(2)
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Firdausi, Shahnama, The Book of Kings, an illuminated manuscript of Persian poetry, in two volumes, illustrated with 38 miniatures North India, probably Kashmir or Punjab, circa 1840(2)
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Firdausi, Shahanama, The Book of Kings, an illuminated manuscript of Persian poetry, in two volumes, illustrated with 38 miniatures North India, probably Kashmir or Punjab, circa 1840(2) Firdausi, Shahanama, The Book of Kings, an illuminated manuscript of Persian poetry, in two volumes, illustrated with 38 miniatures North India, probably Kashmir or Punjab, circa 1840(2) Firdausi, Shahanama, The Book of Kings, an illuminated manuscript of Persian poetry, in two volumes, illustrated with 38 miniatures North India, probably Kashmir or Punjab, circa 1840(2) Firdausi, Shahanama, The Book of Kings, an illuminated manuscript of Persian poetry, in two volumes, illustrated with 38 miniatures North India, probably Kashmir or Punjab, circa 1840(2) Firdausi, Shahanama, The Book of Kings, an illuminated manuscript of Persian poetry, in two volumes, illustrated with 38 miniatures North India, probably Kashmir or Punjab, circa 1840(2)
Lot Details
Firdausi, Shahnama, The Book of Kings, an illuminated manuscript of Persian poetry, in two volumes, illustrated with 38 miniatures
North India, probably Kashmir or Punjab, circa 1840
Persian manuscript on paper, 251 and 265 leaves, 27 lines to the page written in four columns of nasta'liq script in black ink, double intercolumnar rules in black, inner margins ruled in blue, red and gold, some blank panels intended for miniatures, headings written in nasta'liq script in red ink, two illuminated headpieces in colours and gold, most folios remargined, extensive worming, some crude repairs, later black leather gilt, worn, Persian titles stamped in gold on spine
leaf 359 x 212 mm.(2)

Footnotes

  • The miniatures are as follows:
    Vol. I
    1. Gushtasp killing a rhinoceros (depicted as a tiger-like animal).
    2.Zarir killed by Bidarafsh.
    3. Isfandiyar killing the Simurgh.
    4. Isfandiyar shot in the eyes by Rustam with a magic forked arrow.
    5. Dara (Darius III, d. 330BC) dying, comforted by Iskander and watched by the two traitors who stabbed him.
    6. Iskander (Alexander the Great) supervising the building of the wall by the inhabitants of Juj and Majuj.
    7. The funeral of Iskander.
    8. A scene from the story of Ta'ir and Shapur.
    9. Shapur brought as a captive to the Kaisar of Rum.
    10. Bahram Gur killing the lions (depicted as tigers) to attain his crown.
    11. The enthronement of Anushirvan.
    12. Bahram Gur enthroned.
    13. Buzurjmihr inventing nard (shatranj) chess.
    14. Bahram Chubir killing Bahram.
    15. Bahram Chubir enthroned.
    Vol. II
    1. Faridun enthroned.
    2. The children of Faridun.
    3. Zal holding the Simurgh's feather while Rudabeh gives birth to Rustam by caesarian section.
    4. Rustam clubbing the white elephant.
    5. Naudar taken prisoner by the army of Afrasiyab.
    6. Kai Kubad entertaining Rustam.
    7. Rakhsh fights the lion as Rustam sleeps on a boulder.
    8. Rustam capturing Puladvaud.
    9. Rustam distraught as he realises he has killed Suhrab.
    10. A scene from the story of Siyavush tempted by Sudabeh, depicting the fire through which Siyavush rode on his horse.
    11. Afrasiyab watches Garvi cutting Siyavush's throat as Garsivaz catches the blood in a bowl.
    12. Farud fighting Bizhan.
    13. Rustam shooting Ashkabus and lassooing his horse.
    14. Rustam lassooing the Khaqan of Chir after falling from his elephant.
    15. Rustam killing the White Div.
    16. Manizheh, daughter of Afrasiyab, with Bizhan.
    17. Manizheh watching Rustam rescuing Bizhan from the pit.
    18. Barzu saved by his mother from Rustam.
    19. Hajir fighting Sipaham.
    20. Kai Khusrau killing Shida.
    21. Rustam and Afrasiyab.
    22. A scene from the story of Kai Khusrau's encampment in a snowstorm.
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