"Diving Dipper and Other Birds", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Painting by Mansur

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Frequently praised in Jahangir’s memoirs, the artist Mansur painted many of the natural wonders the emperor saw during his travels. Jahangir wrote of his discovery of the Diving Dipper: "I ordered them to catch two or three of these birds, that I might ascertain whether they were waterfowl and were web-footed, or had open feet like land birds. They caught two . . . One died immediately, and the other lived for a day. Its feet were not webbed like a duck’s. I ordered [nadir al-asr] Ustad Mansur to draw its likeness."

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

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