<p style='text-align: justify;'><p>The most popular of the prose abridgements of the Shahnama, written for the Mughal governor of Ghazni in the mid-11th/17th century. The manuscript was probably produced very early in the 19th century, c. 1801.</p><p>The artist has made some efforts to follow the actions narrated in the text quite closely. For almost all the pictures, the rubric acts as a caption.</p><p>For a discussion of the Tarikh-i Dilgusha, see Charles Melville,“The Shahnameh in India: Tarikh-i Dilgusha-yi Shamshir Khani”, in The layered heart: Essays on Persian poetry. A celebration in honor of Dick Davis, ed. A.A. Seyed-Gohrab, Washington DC: Mage, 2018 , pp. 413-41.</p><p>For the complete manuscript, see the Walters Art Museum website, from which all the details and images are taken: https://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W597/description.html</p></p>
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