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Name of Object:



Dublin, Ireland

Holding Museum:

The Chester Beatty Library

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Date of Object:

Hegira 800 / AD 1397

Museum Inventory Number:

CBL Per 114

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Coloured pigments and gold on paper


25.8 x 16.8 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Iran, Shiraz


This volume is one half of a divided manuscript usually referred to as the Collection of Epics. These paintings belong to the half containing the Shahnama (‘Book of Kings’), which is today part of the collections of the Chester Beatty Library. The other half of the manuscript, which consists of shorter epics written in imitation of Firdausi’s Shahnama, is held by the British Library. None of the illustrations are original to the manuscript but instead were later added to it, probably about ten years after it was first produced.

Citation of this web page:

 "Shahnama" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;20;en

MWNF Working Number: IR 20


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Manuscripts


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