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W.677, Four leaves from a Shahnama


These four leaves come from a dispersed illustrated and illuminated manuscript of Firdawsī's Shāhnāmah (Book of kings), commissioned by Qawām al-Dawlah wa-al-Dīn Ḥasan, vizier to the Inju governor in Fars province. It was copied by Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī al-Ḥusaynī in 741 AH / 1341 CE. The text is written in black nastaʿlīq script with chapter headings in red, blue, and black taʿlīq script. The dispersal of the manuscript occurred in the early fourteenth century AH / twentieth CE, and over one-half of its leaves are extant and housed in public and private collections. The illuminated folio with the year of the manuscript's completion and a dedication to the patron is housed in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (S1986.110 and S1986.111), and the folio with the colophon and finispiece is housed in the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection (IR.M. 6/I). The manuscript's illustrations have been associated with production in Shiraz. The Walters paintings are as follows: Zāl joins Miḥrāb in battling the Turanians, Battle of the Iranians and the Turanians, Execution of Afrāsiyāb, and Bahrām Gūr in a peasant’s house.

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    1. fol. W.677Aa

      W.677, fol. W.677Aa
    2. fol. W.677Ab

      W.677, fol. W.677Ab
    3. fol. W.677Ba

      W.677, fol. W.677Ba
    4. fol. W.677Bb

      W.677, fol. W.677Bb
    5. fol. W.677Ca

      W.677, fol. W.677Ca
    6. fol. W.677Cb

      W.677, fol. W.677Cb
    7. fol. W.677Da

      W.677, fol. W.677Da
    8. fol. W.677Db

      W.677, fol. W.677Db

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