"Great Hornbill", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Painting by Mansur
Calligrapher Mir 'Ali Haravi

Not on view

The emperor Jahangir’s memoirs record many of the animals he encountered while on his annual peregrinations, and the reasons he wanted studies of them to be painted. While we do not have such notes for this painting, we can imagine that Jahangir was intrigued by the creature’s size, with a wingspan of up to five feet, and by the loud droning noise it emitted, audible a mile away.

"Great Hornbill", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album, Painting by Mansur (active ca. 1589–1626), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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