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Coin with Sign of Leo

Object Name:
Coin
Date:
dated A.H. 1033/A.D. 1624
Geography:
India, Agra
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Diam. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm) D. 1/16 in. (0.2 cm)
Classification:
Coins
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, 1898
Accession Number:
99.35.7403
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This coin bears a Leo symbol found on the other objects in the collection, but it was not created for talismanic purposes. This sign instead corresponds to the month in which it was minted. In his memoirs, the Mughal emperor Jahangir recorded his inspired idea for the unusual design of this and other coins depicting the signs of the zodiac.
Inscription: Inscription in Persian in nasta‘liq script on obverse:

یافت در اگره روی زر زیور از جهانگیر شاه، شاه اکبر

The face of gold was decorated in Agra by Jahangir Shah, [son of ] Shah Akbar.
Joseph H. Durkee, New York (until d. 1898; bequeathed to MMA)
Carboni, Stefano. Following the Stars: The Zodiac in Islamic Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 10, pp. 26-27, ill. (b/w).



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