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Epic Iran at Victoria & Albert Museum [London]

Bound in lacquered painted boards with morocco spine

This is the finer of the two Shahnamahs in the Royal Collection (for the other see RCIN 1005013). It was written out in fine nastaliq caligraphy by Muhammad Hakim al-Husayni, the noted calligrapher.
The Shahnamah ©

Epic Iran, 29 May – 12 September 2021

This new exhibition explores 5000 years of Iranian art and design. The items on loan from the Royal Collection include four manuscripts, including a seventeenth century Safavid illustrated and illuminated manuscript of the Shahnamah, the longest poem ever written by a single author, and a Persian translation of Queen Victoria’s Our Life in the Highlands. Also on display are two paintings by Marcos, an Armenian painter in Isfahan which are thought to be the earliest signed oil on canvas paintings executed in Iran.   

Many other items from the Royal Collection are on long-term loan to the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Rooms and locations with objects on display