Folios from a Shahnama of Firdawsi

A.D. 1562–83 (A.H. 970–91)

Object Place: Shiraz, Iran


Each Folio Overall: 48 x 33.4 cm (18 7/8 x 13 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink, color, and gold on paper

Not On View




Books and manuscripts

Illustrated and illuminated finispiece added in 1583 to a manuscript originally written in Shiraz in 1562 by Arraji Muhammad al-Qawam. The finispiece contains a double page painting of a king and army entering a city (perhaps Murad III). The right half of the finispiece has on its reverse the final text page of the Shahnama, with illuminated margins by Taj al-Din Haydar.


Muhammad al-Qiwam of Shiraz and Taj al-Din Haydar


By 1912, Victor Goloubew (b. 1879 - d. 1945), Paris [see note 1]; 1914, sold by Goloubew through M. Meyer-Riefstahl to the MFA for $76,999.81 (total price for 14.532-700). (Accession Date: June 4, 1914)

[1] Victor Goloubew was born in Russia but lived in Paris by the time of this acquisition. He formed this collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and exhibited it at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1912 to 1914 (Paull, Florence Virginia. "The Goloubew Collection of Persian and Indian Paintings." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin. Vol. XIII. No. 74. (February 1915) 1-16).

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Picture Fund