¶ Firdausi — Shahnama (1621) [MS]

October 6, 2017

17th cent.

Firdausi, Abu’l-Qasim. Shahnama.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern Iran, perhaps Astarabad, 1621. 440 leaves.

Signature of “Wilfrid Scawen Blunt | 1900.”

Provenance: Chinese ownership. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 529 (sold to Quaritch for £47). — Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS. 311) [bequest from Blunt, 1922].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 41 (£40). — Fitzwilliam’s Illuminated Manuscripts. — MS catalogue (2), no. 32. — Wormald, 1:301–03.

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Fitzwilliam Museum


Sotheby 1898:

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