Shahnameh (Shahnama) by Ferdowsi
Hunt in the mountains.
Source: (1) Freer | Sackler
Frontispiece from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); Illumination containing a Dedication to Qiwamuddawla wa'l-Din Hasan
A Ruler Enthroned. Frontispiece.
Source: (2) Freer | Sackler
Chapter 7 Manuchihr
Sam, Zal, Simurgh [Sam asks the Simurgh to return Zal?].
Source: (3) University of Washington Sabah Art collections, Mathaf al-Kuwayt al-Watani, Yemen
The meeting of Zāl and Rudaba, father and mother of Rustam. [Zal sees Rudaba on the roof of her palace].
Source: (4) Museum of Fine arts, Boston
Chapter 8 Nauzar
Zāl joins Miḥrāb in battling the Turanians.
Source: (5) The Walters
Zahhak and Farshidward before Afrāsiyāb [?].
Source: (6) Freer | Sackler
Chapter 10 Garshasp
Zal tells Rustam to prepare for war against the Turanians.
Source: (1) Shahnama Project
Chapter 11 Kay Qubad
Rustam Lifts Afrāsiyāb from the Saddle.
Source: (7) Freer | Sackler
Chapter 12 Kay Kavus
Shah Kay Kavus Attempts To Fly To Heaven.
Source: (8) Aga Khan's Museum
Tahmineh comes to Rostam (Rustam).
Source: (9) The Fitzwilliam Museum
Siyavush Displays his Skill at Polo before Afrasiyab.
Source: (10) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Chapter 13 Kay Khusrau
Rustam, Zal and other Pahlawands Pay Homage to Kay Khusrau.
Source: (11) Harvard University Library
Tus battling the Turanians. [perhaps 'Farud shoots Tus' horse from under him'].
Source: (12) The Walters
The Iranians mourn Farud [& his mother Jarira].
Source: (13) Shahnama Project
Iranian and Turanian Armies in Combat. [The Turanians defeat the Iranians].
Source: (14) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rustam Pleads for Tus Before Kay Khusrau.
Source: (15) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rustam kills Ashkabus the Kashani and his horse.
Source: (16) British Museum
Rustam pulls the Khaqan of Chin from his elephant by lasso.
Source: (45) Museum of Fine arts, Boston
Rustam and the Iranian Army Besiege the Fortress of Kafur the Cannibal
[Gustaham besieges Kafur the Cannibal's fortress, then Rustam fights Kafur].
Source: (17) Harvard Art Museums
Rustam/Akhwand. [Perhaps Akvan Div flings Rustam into the sea?]
Source: (41) University of Washington Sabah Art collections, Mathaf al-Kuwayt al-Watani, Yemen
Rustam returning to Iran after killing the Div Akvan. [Kay Khusrau receives Rustam after he has killed Akvan Div].
Source: (18) Bonhams
Bizhan Slaughters the Wild Boars of Irman.
Source: (19) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rustam Rescues Bijan (Bizhan) from the Well.
Source: (20) Freer | Sackler
[perhaps 'Rustam and Bizhan defeat Afrasiyab in battle']
Source: (46) The San Diego Museum of Art
The return of Rustam with Bijan from Turan. ['Rustam comes before Kay Khusrau after returning with Bizhan']
Source: (46) The San Diego Museum of Art
Rustam confronting the Turanian, Pilsam. [perhaps 'The armies of Turan and Iran facing each other'].
Source: (21) Freer | Sackler
Nastihan Slain by Bijan. [Nastihan makes a night attack and is killed by Bizhan].
Source: (22) Freer | Sackler
Two of the Duels between the Twelve Rukhs. Furuhad and Zangula (top); Ruhham and Barman (bottom).
Source: (23) Freer | Sackler
Shida, Son of Afrāsiyāb, Slain by Kay Khusraw (Khusrau).
Source: (24) Freer | Sackler
Kay Khusraw crossing the sea. [Kay Khusrau returns from Gang Dizh by sea].
Source: (25) Freer | Sackler
Execution of Afrāsiyāb.
Source: (5) The Walters
The Paladins of Kay Khusrau Perish in a Snowstorm.
Source: (26) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Story of Luhrasp. [perhaps 'Luhrasp assassinated'].
Source: (27) Freer | Sackler
Chapter 15 Gushtasp
Gushtasp killing the Dragon [in Rum].
Source: (28) Freer | Sackler
Note the chamfron.
Rustam Discoursing with Isfandiyar. [Rustam argues with Isfandiyar during the feast].
Source: (29) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rustum Fighting with Isfandiyar. [perhaps 'The first combat of Rustam and Isfandiyar'].
Source: (30) Albright Knox Gallery
Chapter 20 Iskandar (14 years)
Iskandar visits Queen Qaidafa of Andalucia.
Source: (44) Museum of Fine arts, Boston
Iskandar builds a wall against Gog and Magog.
Source: (43) David Collection Museum, Copenhagen
Chapter 22 The Sassanians: Ardashir Babakan (42 years)
Shahpur at the well.
Source: (31) University of Washington
Chapter 34 Yazdagird the Sinner
Yazdgird Shahriyar Enthroned.
Source: (32) Freer | Sackler
Bahrām Gūr Ascends to the Throne.
Source: (33) Christies
Chapter 35 Bahram Gur
Bahrām Gūr in a peasant's house. [Bahram Gur helps the landlord's cow to produce milk again].
Source: (34) The Walters
Bahrām Gūr Slays a Dragon in India.
Source: (35) Freer | Sackler
The Sasanian King Yazdigird Killed by a Kick from a Horse [Yazdigird II?].
Source: (36) Chester Beatty Library
This folio is part of a dispersed Shahnama (Book of Kings) manuscript made for the Injuid vazir, or government minister, Qivam al-Din. The comparatively large figures, shallow picture space and horizontal format are typical of Islamic painting in all regions before the late fourteenth century. However, the simplified, highly stylized forms of the vegetation and the red background of this illustration are characteristic specifically of painting in the city of Shiraz in southern Iran in the time of the Injuid dynasty (c. 1325-53).
Sarafra'i Kills Khushnavaz in a Night Battle [Khushnavaz fights Sufaray].
Source: (37) Brooklyn Museum
King Khusraw (Kisra) Anushirvan Enthroned.
Source: (38) Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Chapter 43 Khusrau Parviz
Kharrad Recognizes the Princess as being an Automaton [Kharrad Barzin investigates the weeping talisman and reveals its secret?].
Source: (39) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
These paintings belong to a dispersed manuscript that was produced in 741 H / 1341 CE, and is one of three well-known and densely-illustrated Shāhnāma manuscripts made for the court environment of Inju Shiraz, a governorship in the Iranian province of Fars (the other two are dated 1330 [Istanbul, Topkapi Palace Library, H.1479] and 1333 [St Petersburg, National Library of Russia, Dorn329]). Like many a valuable manuscript handled by Western art dealers in the early twentieth century, this Shāhnāma codex was taken apart and sold page by page on the art market, thus scattering the folios to public and private collections around the world. After thorough study, the original pagination of 180 extant folios was reconstructed and 36 collections were identified which currently own folios (Simpson in: Hillenbrand 2000, pp. 217-247). Remarkably, among these farflung fragments, there survive not only the dedication pages from the front of the book (Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S1986.110v and S1986.111r), but also the final folio containing the colophon statement (AKTC IRM06Iv). This is how it was discovered that the manuscript was made for the Inju wazīr (minister) Hajji Qawam al-Dawla wa-l-Din Hasan, and the calligrapher was Hasan b. Muhammad b. ʿAli b. Husayni al-Mawsili. MC
Source: p.206, Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum, Masterpieces of Islamic Art