Inspected on 28.3.2001 and 1.4.2002. The bindings/covers are in very poor condition, and the order of the text appears very disturbed. The calligraphy is of good quality but the paintings are very crude and have generally been inserted later from another manuscript and pasted over the text. Text headings (rubrics) are in naskh, but often missing (especially from ca. f. 124v), or later crude additions, in red ink and sometimes in black, as and when the story has been identified.
The binding is of cardboard with torn edges and black leather trim. The paper is thin and creamy. The margins are ruled in gold and colours.
Madraimov, p. 66, suggests that the date of the ms. might be 1112/1700. The details in the catalogue are at variance with the observations made by Ch.M. Essentially, quite a nice ms. has been ruined. No colour images are available at present; the b/w images from the catalogue of Madraimov give a better impression of the work than in reality. He notes mediocre unvans on ff. 1r (= 1v) and 192r (= 192v), and a good one on f. 3r (= 3v). There is another on f. 340v. He describes the manuscript as a reduced copy, that is incomplete.
Although the present state of the ms., and the abuse it has suffered, suggest that it need not be a high priority for study, it is nevertheless of interest. Given that the pictures are all either pasted or painted over the text, rather than filing in spaces left blank, it is surprising that the pictures were placed exactly where they were, instead of where they might better have reflected the narrative of the poem. This preliminary record of two brief surveys of the ms. does not complete the investigation needed.