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Book of Kings (Shahnama)
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Book of Kings (Shahnama)

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Description Walters manuscript W.601 is an illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of the Shahnamah (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (died 411 or 416 AH/AD 1020-1025), dated 1028 AH/AD 1618-1619. The text, which is incomplete, begins with the preface (dibachah), composed on the order of Baysunghur. It is written in black Nasta'liq script with chapter/section headings in red. The manuscript contains 14 illustrations that appear to be later additions and may have been executed in India or Iran. The black leather binding is modern.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Manuscript: 1028 AH/AD 1618-1619; Illustrations: 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Safavid)
ink and pigments on laid paper covered with black leather
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Folio H: 10 1/4 x W: 6 1/2 in. (26 x 16.5 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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