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mss 0544 fol 055b
mss 0544 fol 055b

Zal smites Khazarvan with the ox-like mace, from the illustrated copy of the Shahnamah of Firdawsi

MSS 544 Folio 55b

Isfahan

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

mss 0544 fol 055b

Zal smites Khazarvan with the ox-like mace, from the illustrated copy of the Shahnamah of Firdawsi

MSS 544 Folio 55b

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, 18.2 x 21.8 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