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The Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp: The Persian Book of Kings

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By Sheila R. Canby

The Shahnama is a tenth-century epic by the Persian poet Firdausi that chronicles Irans mythical history before the founding of Islam. It has been immortalized in numerous illustrated editions, but the sixteenth-century Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp is known as the most beautiful ever created. This new publication, which succeeds the Metropolitan Museums celebrated out-of-print deluxe facsimile of 2011, reproduces all the illuminated pages of the Shah Tahmasp version, combining the vibrant, high-quality reproductions of the deluxe edition with new information and a smaller, more accessible format. The fascinating text introduces the Shahnama to readers and describes the material world depicted in the intricate paintings. It also includes a brief description of the stories depicted in the illustrations and an illustrated Whos Who to help readers identify major characters in the epic. These features provide readers a deeper engagement with this captivating masterpiece.

360 pages, 530 full-color illustrations. 9 3/4'' x 12''. Hardcover, clothbound.

  • 360 pages
  • 530 full-color illustrations
  • 9 3/4'' x 12''
  • Hardcover

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Description

By Sheila R. Canby

The Shahnama is a tenth-century epic by the Persian poet Firdausi that chronicles Irans mythical history before the founding of Islam. It has been immortalized in numerous illustrated editions, but the sixteenth-century Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp is known as the most beautiful ever created. This new publication, which succeeds the Metropolitan Museums celebrated out-of-print deluxe facsimile of 2011, reproduces all the illuminated pages of the Shah Tahmasp version, combining the vibrant, high-quality reproductions of the deluxe edition with new information and a smaller, more accessible format. The fascinating text introduces the Shahnama to readers and describes the material world depicted in the intricate paintings. It also includes a brief description of the stories depicted in the illustrations and an illustrated Whos Who to help readers identify major characters in the epic. These features provide readers a deeper engagement with this captivating masterpiece.

360 pages, 530 full-color illustrations. 9 3/4'' x 12''. Hardcover, clothbound.





  • 360 pages
  • 530 full-color illustrations
  • 9 3/4'' x 12''
  • Hardcover


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