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Decoration: One illuminated headpiece (unvan) of gold and lapis in late Safavid style with center cartouche bearing name of the text and its author (fol. 1v).
Artist: Daulatshah ibn 'Ala-Aldaulah Bakhtishah.
4 large miniatures, copies, possibly traced, of Shiraz painting of ca. 1575, which featured prominent large floral motifs filling available empty spaces, and possibly covering text: 36v, horseman with turban; 103r, man, turban on ground, sleeps beneath a tree as two men, flanking him, point to him; 157v, army led by man on horseback routs fleeing troops, one man falling from a collapsing horse; 204, Bahrum Gur fells an onager by pinning its ear to its hoof (Fitnah not present).
The text was completed by Daulatshah in 1487 and dedicated to Mir 'Ali Shir, vizier to the court of Sultan Husayn in Heart. Daulatshah's text was often used by later biographers and in the 19th century was published in a German translation by Von Hammer, a literary form that much influenced Western ideas of Persian poetry.. The text was very popular and seven copies are in the India Office Library (see Herman Ethé, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, London, Foreign and Commonweath Office, 1980, pp. 340-342, nos. 656-662).
Biographies of the Poets.