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Shahnama Project

<p style='text-align: justify;'><p>The volume is bound in modern blue and dark blue leather, with the inscription on the spine: Shah-namah. Firdausi. Persian Manuscript. 14th c. (sic). The ms. has been remargined, with very thin paper margins and several modern pages of flyleaves; the text is on &apos;native glazed paper&apos; (Simsar).</p><p>An Indian numbering of the folios is found in the columns, but the whole ms. has been paginated by Ms. Bilha Moor (November 2008). The pages appear to be more or less out of order.</p><p>Marginal rulings are in gold, red and blue. Rubrics are in red, but often omitted. There are two illuminated unvans on ff. 3v and 268v, at the start of the two sections of the text. Simsar records several blank pages, especially before the division of the text at fol. 268.There are only four illustrations, but each is faced by a page of sumptuous marginal decoration and gilded text; and on the reverse of each page with a picture is a floral design in gold and colours. The paintings are of the late Mughal school, all of which have been retouched.</p><p>See the catalogue by Simsar, pp. 84-5.</p></p>

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