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mss 0544 fol 022b
mss 0544 fol 022b

The envoy of Salm arrives at the court of Faridun, from the illustrated copy of the Shahnamah of Firdawsi

MSS 544 Folio 22b

Isfahan

dated Friday, 27 Rabi‘al-awwal, 1011 (14 September 1602)

mss 0544 fol 022b

The envoy of Salm arrives at the court of Faridun, from the illustrated copy of the Shahnamah of Firdawsi

MSS 544 Folio 22b

Isfahan

dated Friday, 27 Rabi‘al-awwal, 1011 (14 September 1602)

richly illuminated opening spread; chapter heading; intercolumnar spaces and corner pieces on some folios

541 folios, 30.2 x 19.2 cm

62 illustrations, most of which extend beyond the ruled area (dimensions given are maximum):

1. Folio 3a Firdawsi’s dream: he is received at the court of Sultan Mahmud of Ghaznah 22.3 x 19.3 cm

2. Folio 4b Tahmurath, enthroned, receives the wise minister Shidasp 29.8 x 19 cm

3. Folio 5b Hushang fights the black div 29.8 x 19 cm

4. Folio 9b The plot to keep the kingdom’s youth from being sacrificed to Zahhak 26.7 x 19.5 cm

5. Folio 11b Kavah brought to Zahhak 30.7 x 19.5 cm

6. Folio 20b Tur smites Iraj with the seat of gold 25.2 x 20 cm

7. Folio 22b The envoy of Salm arrives at the court of Faridun 30.2 x 19.2 cm

8. Folio 25b Manuchihr unseats Tur 22.2 x 19.6 cm

9. Folio 30b The simurgh returns Zal to his father Sam 30.5 x 20.6 cm

10. Folio 36a Zal meets Rudabah in her pavilion at night 30.5 x 19.3 cm

11. Folio 41a Sam greets his son Zal 24.7 x 19.5 cm

12. Folio 55b Zal smites Khazarvan with the ox-like mace 18.2 x 21.8 cm

13. Folio 59b Rustam is told the value of his horse, Rakhsh 26.2 x 19.9 cm painting signed by Kazim-quli

14. Folio 61b Rustam’s first encounter with Afrasiyab: he lifts him from his horse by his belt 23.7 x 22 cm

15. Folio 64a A div disguised as a minstrel arrives at the court of Kay Kavus 27 x 19.6 cm

16. Folio 67b Rustam sleeps while Rakhsh slays a lion 21.7 x 19.5 cm

17. Folio 70b Rustam slays the div Arzhang 23.3 x 19.1 cm painting signed by Kazim-quli

18. Folio 71b Rustam slays the white div 32.5 x 18.8 cm

19. Folio 74b Rustam carries off the king of Mazandaran, who has disguised himself as a rock 19 x 20 cm

20. Folio 79b The skyward ascent of Kay Kavus 19.7 x 19.3 cm

21. Folio 83b Tahminah comes to Rustam at night 23 x 15.9 cm

22. Folio 89a Suhrab questions Hujir about the Iranian camp 17.3 x 19.3 cm

23. Folio 92b Suhrab asks Rustam not to engage in combat 18.9 x 18.5 cm

24. Folio 93b Rustam laments the slaying of his son Suhrab 24.3 x 19.3 cm painting signed by Kazim-quli

25. Folio 97b Sudabah tries to seduce Siyavash 24.4 x 14.9 cm

26. Folio 101a The fire-ordeal of Siyavash 17.6 x 19.9 cm

27. Folio 110a Afrasiyab embraces Siyavash 24.7 x 19.8 cm

28. Folio 111a Siyavash displays his prowess before Afrasiyab 24.8 x 19.9 cm

29. Folio 118a Siyavash pierces four shields before Garzivaz and the court 31.2 x 19.6 cm

30. Folio 124a Guruy pours the blood of Siyavash upon the earth 24.8 x 19.1 cm

31. Folio 127a Piran presents Kay Khusraw to Afrasiyab 29.4 x 18.5 cm

32. Folio 130b Rustam unhorses Pilsam 31.4 x 22.5 cm

33. Folio 147a Forud, son of Siyavash, kills the horse of Tus 24.7 x 20 cm

34. Folio 171b Rustam shoots at Ashkabus 24.1 x 17.8 cm

35. Folio 186a Rustam and Puladvand engage in combat 24.8 x 220.4 cm

36. Folio 189a The div Akvan prepares to throw Rustam into the sea 24.9 x 17.8 cm

37. Folio 194a Garsivaz brings Bizhan before Afrasiyab 17.5 x 18.6 cm

38. Folio 203b Rustam frees Bizhan from the pit 24.7 x 19.2 cm

39. Folio 227b Gudarz slays Piran 22 x 18 cm

40. Folio 240a Kay Khusraw stabs Shidah, son of Afrasiyab 16.2 x 19 cm

41. Folio 258a Kay Khusraw beheads Afrasiyab 24.7 x 20.5 cm

42. Folio 271b Gushtasp slays the beast 18.4 x 18 cm

43. Folio 273b Gushtasp slays the dragon 19 x 18.5 cm

44. Folio 291b Isfandiyar fights the army of Arjasp 26.1 x 21.7 cm

45. Folio 305a Rustam welcomes Bahman 29 x 19.8 cm

46. Folio 316a Isfandiyar pulls the forked arrow from his eyes 22.5 x 18.6 cm

47. Folio 321a Rustam pulls himself from the pit prepared by Shaghad 29 x 19.3 cm

48. Folio 327b Humay seats Darab on the throne 25.5 x 19.3 cm

49. Folio 353b Rushanak joins mourners at the bier of Iskandar 24.7 x 19.7 cm

50. Folio 381a Bahram-i Gur hunts with Azadah 15.9 x 17.4 cm

51. Folio 386a Bahram-i Gur slays the first lion 16.6 x 18.6 cm

52. Folio 399b Bahram-i Gur pulls the dead youth from the slain dragon 19.2 x 16.1 cm

53. Folio 407b Bahram-i Gur aims at the rhinocerous 20.2 x 19.1 cm

54. Folio 420b The enthronement of Nushirvan 23.2 x 17.3 cm

55. Folio 427a The Romans flee from Nushirvan’s forces 26.3 x 17.6 cm

56. Folio 444b The game of chess introduced at the court of Nushirvan 29.4 x 17.2 cm

57. Folio 472a Bahram-i Chubinah assassinates Savah Shah 22.3 x 15.3 cm

58. Folio 488a Bahram-i Chubinah makes a night-attack on the army of Khusraw Parviz 28.3 x 16.5 cm

59. Folio 508b Qulun assassinates Bahram-i Chubinah but is caught 21.4 x 16.7 cm

60. Folio 516b Khusraw Parviz arrives at the palace of Shirin 24.6 x 18.4 cm

61. Folio 536a Khusraw the miller assassinates Yazdigird 21.3 x 13.4 cm

62. Folio 539b Barsam unseats Mahuy of Sur 26.5 x 18.9 cm