Object Name: Album leaf
Date: recto: ca. 1645; verso: ca. 1630–40
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)
Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Accession Number: 188.8.131.52
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."