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‘‘Shahnameh’ Manuscript

Find this object in the Figure in Art Gallery on Floor 2

The ‘Shahnameh’ or ‘The Book of Kings’ charts the histories and myths of the Greater Persian Empire, which stretched across much of Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan until the arrival of Islam. The Shahnameh was written one thousand years ago by the poet Ferdowsi, and includes more than 50,000 Persian verses. This copy was made in Iran by the scribe Hidayat Allah Shirazi in his native city of Shiraz.

MS.639, Leather, Paper, Gilding, Watercolour, Ink, Safavid Iran (Shiraz), 1583 CE

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