IBNA- On the commemoration day of the legendary Persian poet Ferdowsi, ‘Shahnameh of Ibrahim Sultan’ will be unveiled in Tehran on Wednesday.
According to IBNA correspondent quoting from the Public Relations Office of Iran’s Academy of Arts, the unveiling ceremony will take place at a program titled “A Research on ‘Shahnameh’ Illustration” in which Iranian artist Aideen Aqdashloo and the expert Mahdi Sultani will deliver speeches.
‘Shahnameh’ (the Persian Book of Kings) is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. Consisting of some 50,000 "distichs" or couplets (two-line verses) ‘Shahnameh’ is the world's longest epic poem written by a single poet. It tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Arab conquest of Iran in the 7th century.
The book ‘Shahnameh of Ibrahim Sultan’ which was authored by Firuza Abdullaeva and Charles Melville delves into one of the Bodleian Library's treasures, a copy of this Iranian national epic, commissioned by Ibrahim, the grandson of the great Timur and governor of Shiraz in southern Iran from 1414 to 1435. The original publisher of the work is Oxford and it has been translated into Persian by Akram Mohammadi Tavana.
This royal manuscript is bursting with extraordinary and highly original paintings, which were extremely influential on later illustrators. The book explores the literary context of the poem, Ferdowsi's world and the manuscript's royal provenance. It also provides a brief overview of the story and the illuminations.