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These are images from a recently-found completely unrecorded Shahnameh in British Library collection. This copy of Shahnameh is probably from 1640, illustrated by by Muhammad Yusuf, a prolific artist during the reigns of the Safavid rulers Shah Safi (r. 1629-42) and Shah Abbas II (r. 1642-66).

* All images are Public Domain. Source: Asian and African studies blog (The British Library).
Zal flying on Simurgh bird

Zal flying on Simurgh bird

Rostam killing the dragon in Mazandaran

Rostam killing the dragon in Mazandaran

Rostam fighting against his own son, Sohrab

Rostam fighting against his own son, Sohrab

Rostam moves the giant rock to free Bijan

Rostam moves the giant rock to free Bijan

Rostam’s Death

Rostam’s Death

Bahram Chubinah cut Bahram in half with his scimitar.

Bahram Chubinah cut Bahram in half with his scimitar.

Khoraw-Parviz falls in love with Shirin for the second time

Khoraw-Parviz falls in love with Shirin for the second time

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