"The Emperor Shah Jahan with his Son Dara Shikoh", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
Painting by Nanha
Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)
verso: ca. 1620; recto: ca. 1530–50
Attributed to India
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Margins: Gold and opaque watercolor on dyed paper
H. 15 5/16 in. (38.9 cm)
W. 10 5/16 in. (26.2 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Not on view
This superbly painted image framed by a splendid border shows the future emperor Shah Jahan admiring jewels with his favorite son. Holding a tray of emeralds and rubies, the father contemplates a ruby in his right hand, while the child grasps a peacock fan and a turban ornament. The sumptuousness of court life is conveyed in the detailed depiction of the jewels, the gilded furniture, the textiles, and, most spectacularly, the large bolster with its designs of figures and plants.
Signature: 18.104.22.168 recto: In Persian in lower right corner triangle: The sinful slave 'Ali.
Inscription: 22.214.171.124 verso: In Persian, to the lower left of the stool (in Jahangir's hand): "the work of [the painter] Nanha".
Marking: 126.96.36.199 verso: Margin number '7' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
188.8.131.52 recto: Margin number '21' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 1929; sale, Sotheby's, London,December 12, 1929, no. 129, to Kevorkian); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, from 1929]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; gift and sale to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Indian Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973, no catalogue.
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Emperor's Album: Images of Mughal India," October 21, 1987–February 14, 1988, nos. 55 and 56.
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Sotheby's: Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, New York, 1929. no. 129.
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. pp. 104-105, ill. fig. 12 (color).
Welch, Stuart Cary, Annemarie Schimmel, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, and Wheeler M. Thackston. The Emperors' Album: Images of Mughal India. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. nos. 55, 56, pp. 194-197, ill., verso pl. 55 (color); recto pl. 56 (b/w).
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Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 156-157, ill. pl. 30 55.121.10.
Corrigan, Karina, and Jan van Kampen, ed. "The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age." In Asia in Amsterdam. Salem, MA: Peabody Essex Museum, 2015. no. 79b, pp. 283, 285, ill. pl. 79b (color).