Firdawsī, Shāhnāmah: manuscript, 1718-1721. MS Persian 78. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. [Illuminated scene of copier's patron and writers], f. 400v.

Firdawsī, Shāhnāmah: manuscript, 1718–1721. MS Persian 78. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. [Illumination, f. 400v., scene of copier’s patron and writers].

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