Shahnama, written by Abu'l Qasim Firdausi at the beginning of the 11th century, became a famous work in time after it was written and its illustrated copies began to be made. Shahnama’s today, many illustrated copies are available in the collections of world museums and libraries. One of these copies is Ms. or. fol. 4255, dated 1489, in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin- Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Orientabteilung. The work is dated back to the Turcoman Era, which refers to the era when Iran and its surroundings were dominated by the Aqqoyunlu Principality (1340-1514) at the end of the 15th century. The books of the period have been evaluated with the concept of "commercial" in researches. Thus, it was thought that the same species are similar to each other. Ms.or.fol.4255 is also assessed within the scope of this thought. However, evaluating each copy which is thought to have been prepared as “commercial" within itself will reveal its similarities as well as the originality the work has. While the binding which is the complement of the design of the work and the layout on the pages with pictures or without pictures reveal the difference, the picture-text relationship and the interpretations of the scenes will make the originality apparent. In this context, it will be ensured to analyse Ms. or. fol. 4255 in this study and reveal its authentic aspects.
Shahnama, Manuscript, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Illustration