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Manuscript/Mixed Material Shāhnāmah شاهنامه

About this Item


  • Shāhnāmah

Other Title

  • شاهنامه


  • Firdawsī, author

Created / Published

  • 1259 [1842]


  • -  Manuscripts, Persian--Washington (D.C.)
  • -  India


  • -  Manuscript.
  • -  Persian.
  • -  Caption title.
  • -  Name of scribe or scribes not indicated.
  • -  Purchase
  • -  Written in Kashmir, India.
  • -  Paper; light-cream paper; four colums per pate with triple-ruled frames of black, blue, and gold; column divisions illuminated in red, blue, and gilt; large illuminated headpieces at ff. 2.v, 153.v, 307v, and 465v., each having a different design, comprising two to three cartouches of red-on-gold calligraphy, surmounted by illuminated panels, surrounded by floreated frames all in various permutations of gold, blue, black, white, red, and pink; section headings in red-on-gold cartouches throughout, and sections of the text arranged into a diamond patterns, with the interstices floreated in gold; text in black ink.
  • -  Browne. A literary history of Persia, v. 1, 110-123; v. 2, 129-145
  • -  Nastaʻliq; 25 lines in written area 28.2 x 15.6 cm.
  • -  Includes 50 three-quarter-length miniatures to accompany the text.
  • -  Folios 1a-582b.
  • -  Library of Congress. Persian manuscript, M14.
  • -  Contemporary Indian binding of blind-stamped red leather with bronze clasps, original leater headbands, discreetly rebacked retaining the original spine; flyleaves and pastedowns were renewed in the 19th century; front pastedown has a Persian inscription supplying a foliation; the rear pastdown contains and English cataloger's note (brown ink) supplying the title, author, and date of copying.
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress website.


  • 582/320 leaves (25 lines), bound : paper ; 36.6 x 23.5 cm

Call Number/Physical Location

  • PK6455 .A1 1842

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2016374191

Online Format

  • pdf
  • image

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Rights & Access

The contents of the Library of Congress Persian Language Manuscript Project are in the public domain or have no known copyright restrictions and are free to use and reuse.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, African and Middle East Division, Near East Section Persian Manuscript Collection

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Firdawsī, Author. Shāhnāmah. [1842] Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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