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"A Youth Fallen From a Tree", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
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Rosette Bearing the Name and Title of Emperor Aurangzeb (Recto), from the Shah Jahan Album
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 463
Jahangir (r. 1605–27) ordered this portrait of a spotted forktail from Abu'l Hasan, the artist upon whom he bestowed the honorific title "Wonder of the Age." The inscription states that the emperor’s servants hunted this particular bird but does not say whether they killed it or merely captured it before it was portrayed. The silk ground adds a particular luster to the painting, further enhanced by the bird’s shiny eye, which contains glittering chips of a reflective material, probably mica.
Signature: 184.108.40.206 recto:
In Persian, in lower part of first border: Work of Nadir al-Zaman.Marking: 220.127.116.11 recto:
Margin number '44' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 1929; sale, Sotheby's, London,December 12, 1929, to Kevorkian); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, 1929–55; gift and sale to MMA]
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