"Rosette Bearing the Names and Titles of Shah Jahan", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
recto: ca. 1645; verso: ca. 1630–40
Made in India
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 15 3/16 in. (38.6 cm)
W. 10 7/16 in. (26.5 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Not on view
A shamsa (literally, sun) traditionally opened imperial Mughal albums. Worked in bright colors and several tones of gold, the meticulously designed and painted arabesques are enriched by fantastic flowers, birds, and animals. The inscription in the center in the "tughra" (handsign) style reads: "His Majesty Shihabuddin Muhammad Shahjahan, the King, Warrior of the Faith, may God perpetuate his kingdom and sovereignty."
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in tughra script at center:
حضرت شهاب الدین محمد شاه جهان پادشاه غازى خلد الله ملکه و سلطانه
His Majesty Shihab al-Din Muhammad Shah Jahan, the king, the vanquisher,
may God perpetuate his dominion and sovereignty.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (1929; sale, Sotheby's, London,December 12, 1929, to Kevorkian); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, from 1929]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; gift and sale to MMA]
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