This miniature comes from a dispersed copy of Bijan's text Tarikh-i Jahangusha-yi Khaqan Sahibqiran, the known illustrations of which, Eleanor Sims writes, present the first Safavid Shah of Iran as a divinely inspired ruler and a princely hero following the mode of Firdawsi's Shahnama (Eleanor Sims, 'A Dispersed Late-Safavid copy of the Tarikh-i Jahangusha-yi Khaqan Sahibqiran, published in Sheila R. Canby (ed.) Safavid Art and Architecture, Cambridge, 2002, p. 54). The text was compiled in the 1680s by a 'minor late-Safavid historian, almost certainly a Georgian, who signs himself as qissa-yi safavi-khwan' (Sims, op. cit., p.54).
Other folios from the same manuscript are in the Nasser David Khalili collection and the Art and History Trust Collection. One sold at Sotheby's, 30 June 1980, lot 243, four in the same Rooms (Property of the Baltimore Museum of Art), 22nd/23rd March, 1986, lots 151-4, and another on 20 June, 1980, lot 243. More recently two sold in these Rooms, 17 April 2007, lots 246 and 247 and another on 6 October 2009, lot 122. For another miniature from the same manuscript, see lot 185.