Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or. 12985 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Asian and African Studies Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Garshāsbnāmah by Asadī Ṭūsī, Abū Manṣūr Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī, 11th cent.

The history of Garshāsp, the hero of Sistan (Iran and Afghanistan), written in imitations of the Shāhnamah ( شاهنامه ) of Firdawsī

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 76.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 34.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 106 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 34.8 × 23.5 cm.


8 miniatures

1 illumination

The court poets of Ghaznī: 'Asjadī, Farrukhī and 'Unṣurrī approached by Firdausī in a garden (by Muzaffar 'Alī).

Gayūmars in the mountains with his skin-clad courtiers round him.

Jamshīd with the daughter of the king of Zabulistan.

Garshāsp throwing Jaipāl off his elephant in battle.

Garshāsp fighting the sagsārs who are using tree branches as weapons (by Ṣādiḳī Beg).

Garshāsp seated before Ẓuḥḥāk while the dīv, Minharas, is held prisoner.

Farīdūn riding his foster nurse, the cow Brimāyeh, escorting Ẓuḥḥāk to Mt. Damavand.

Narīmān killing the Kḥaḳān of Chīn in battle (by Zain al-'Ābidīn).


Binding decorated with gilt-paper doublures


Origin: Qazvin (Iran); 981 AH

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on G. M. Meredith-Owens: Handlist of Persian manuscripts 1895-1966. London, 1968, with additional enhancements.


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