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Rosette Bearing the Name and Title of Emperor Aurangzeb (Recto), from the Shah Jahan Album

Calligrapher:
Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)
Object Name:
Non-illustrated album leaf
Date:
recto: ca. 1658; verso: ca. 1630–40
Geography:
Attributed to India
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 15 3/16 in. (38.6 cm) W. 10 7/16 in. (26.5 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.10.40
Not on view
Among the treasures associated with Hagop Kevorkian’s gifts to the Museum are forty-one leaves of the Mughal "Emperor’s Album," made for Jahangir and Shah Jahan. It is one of the world’s great assemblages of Mughal calligraphy and painting, which Kevorkian acquired at auction in 1929. The rosette (shamsa) bears the name and titles of Emperor Aurangzeb (r. 1658–1707), showing that it was a later addition to the album assemblage.
Inscription: 55.121.10.40 recto:
In Persian, in fine nasta'liq, in center of page: Ab'ul Zafar ad-din Muhammad Muhyi Ghazi 'Alamgir Padishah.

55.121.10.40 verso:
In Persian, in tughra, in center of rosette: His majesty, Shihabuddin Muhammad Shah Jahan, the King, Warrior of the Faith, may God perpetuate his kingdom and sovereignty.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 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]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Emperor's Album: Images of Mughal India," October 21, 1987–February 14, 1988, nos. 5 and 7.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Perfect Page: The Art of Embellishment in Islamic Book Design," May 17, 1991–August 18, 1991, no catalogue.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Making of a Collection," October 24, 2011–February 26, 2012, no catalogue.

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 125, pp. 294-295, ill. p. 295 (b/w).

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. 5, 7, pp. 88-89, 91, 93, ill., recto pl. 5 (color); verso pl. 7 (b/w).

Bernus-Taylor, Marthe. "Musée du Louvre 23 avril–23 juillet 2001." In L'Etrange et le Merveilleux en Terres d'Islam. Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2001.



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