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Shahnama Project : Shahnama (Baysunghur)


Shahnama Project

<p style='text-align: justify;'><p>See the detailed description by S.A. Sharifzadeh, Namvarnama, Tehran, 1370 sh./1991, pp. 10-20. Some of the paintings have been published by Vera Kubickova, Persische Miniaturen, Prague, 1960, see pp. 58-9, figs. 12-16, and most of them also by Mohammad-Hasan Semsar, Gulistan Palace Library. Portfolio of miniature paintings and calligraphy, Tehran, 2000, pp. 84-109. See also Baqir Najafi, Shahnama-ha-yi Iran, 1997, pp. 486-90, with several colour plates.</p><p>The manuscript has not yet been the object of a systematic study nor published fully, though there is a facsimile edition of the text. See further the articles in Encyclopaedia Iranica under 'Baysongor' and 'Baysongori Sah-nama', and by Eleanor Sims in Ars Orientalis 22 (1992), pp. 43-68.</p><p>The manuscript was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, in 2005, and the paintings are illustrated in the lavish catalogue, Masterpieces of Persian painting, ed. Muhammad 'Ali Rajabi,Tehran, 2005, pp. 39-68. For a more recent study, see R. Hillenbrand, 'Exploring a neglected masterpiece: The Gulistan Shahnama of Baysunghur', Iranian Studies, 43 no.1 (2010), pp. 97-126, and Shiva Mihan, 'The Baysunghuri manuscript in the Malek National Library', in G. van den Berg & C. Melville, eds. Shahnama Studies III, Leiden, 2018, pp. 273-419.</p><p>The ms. is paginated rather than foliated and all illustrations are given page numbers rather than folio nos.</p><p>Folio numbers are supplied as 'reconstructed' folio numbers; foliation assumes that the first sheet (f. 1r-v) is blank and the opening shamsa is on f. 2r.</p><p>More correctly, the Julian date is 30 January 1430.</p></p>

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