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Inscription: The Persian calligraphy above and below the portrait reads: "Why am I then obliged to Heaven that it has given me a soul? For it has created within me a source of sorrows from which that soul suffers."Inscription in Persian in Nastaʻliq script (above and below portrait):
چه مشتست ز جان بخشي فلک بر من که چو تو آفت جاني بلاي جانم کرد
Jacques Doucet, Paris (by 1910–d. 1929); Cora Timken Burnett, Alpine, NJ (by 1932–d. 1956; bequeathed to MMA)
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