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Khusraw and Shirin

Manuscript
17th century (written)
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Place Of Origin

Codex, ink, gold and colours on paper, 250 folios, 14 lines per page. Persian poetry in nasta`liq script, 18 paintings signed Reza `Abbasi (d. 1635), text copied by `Abd al-Jabbar, filigree binding signed Muhammad Muhsin Tabrizi, Isfahan, Iran, one painting dated 1632, colophon statement dated Jumada I 1091H, May 1680.
Another illustrated folio, also signed by Reza and dated 1632 (V&A, MSL/1964/1613) it was detached from this codex and mounted separately, it shows Khusraw and the lion and received an additional illuminated border by Mirza Razi Taleqani, Tehran, Iran, c.1884.

Binding of red leather over pasteboards; exterior covers gold block-stamped and printed; interior covers of leather filigree and incised leather work.


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Brief Description
Manuscript, Khusraw and Shirin (Kitab-i Khusraw wa Shirin), by Nizami Ganjavi, Isfahan (Iran), 17th century.
Physical Description
Codex, ink, gold and colours on paper, 250 folios, 14 lines per page. Persian poetry in nasta`liq script, 18 paintings signed Reza `Abbasi (d. 1635), text copied by `Abd al-Jabbar, filigree binding signed Muhammad Muhsin Tabrizi, Isfahan, Iran, one painting dated 1632, colophon statement dated Jumada I 1091H, May 1680.

Another illustrated folio, also signed by Reza and dated 1632 (V&A, MSL/1964/1613) it was detached from this codex and mounted separately, it shows Khusraw and the lion and received an additional illuminated border by Mirza Razi Taleqani, Tehran, Iran, c.1884.



Binding of red leather over pasteboards; exterior covers gold block-stamped and printed; interior covers of leather filigree and incised leather work.
Dimensions
  • Height: 250mm
  • Width: 14cm
Closed: length 250 x width 152 x depth 41mm
Object history
Accessioned by the South Kensington Museum in 1885.

The leaf containing the scene of Khusraw fighting the lion was removed immediately before the manuscript of Khusraw and Shirin was sold to the V&A in 1885. The owner at the time was Sidney Churchill, the British consul in Tehran, and he had the folio mounted on a board and set within an illuminated frame by a local artist. The painting was brought to the V&A for an opinion in 1962 and was recognised by one of the curators, B.W. Robinson, as that missing from the V&A’s own manuscript. This leaf is now MSL/1964/1613 and also part of the National Art Library Collection.
Associated Object
L.1613-1964 (Ensemble)
Bibliographic References
  • Haldane, D., Islamic Bookbindings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1983.no. 103, pp. 106-107.
  • T. W. Arnold, 'The Rizā Abbāsi Ms. in the Victoria and Albert Museum', in The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, vol. 38, no. 215 (Feb. 1921), pp. 59, 63 and 66-67.
Other Numbers
  • 364-1885 - Previous number
  • MSL/1885/364
Collection
Library Number
MSL/1885/364

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