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"The Emperor Shah Jahan with his Son Dara Shikoh", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Artist:
Painting by Nanha
Calligrapher:
Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)
Object Name:
Album leaf
Date:
verso: ca. 1620; recto: ca. 1530–50
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Margins: Gold and opaque watercolor on dyed paper
Dimensions:
H. 15 5/16 in. (38.9 cm) W. 10 5/16 in. (26.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.10.36
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: 55.121.10.36 recto:
In Persian in lower right corner triangle: The sinful slave 'Ali.

Inscription: 55.121.10.36 verso:
In Persian, to the lower left of the stool (in Jahangir's hand): "the work of [the painter] Nanha".

Marking: 55.121.10.36 verso:
Margin number '7' is inscribed in the gilt margin.

55.121.10.36 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]
Sotheby's: Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, New York, 1929. no. 129.

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).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. pp. 104-105, ill. fig. 12 (color).

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).

Kossak, Steven M., ed. Indian Court Painting 16th–19th century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 21, pp. 49-50, ill. pl. 21 (color).

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.



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