"Portrait of Zamana Beg, Mahabat Khan", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Painting by Manohar
Calligrapher Mir 'Ali Haravi

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This page comes from an album that combined Mughal paintings executed during the reigns of Shah Jahan and of his father and predecessor, Jahangir; classic examples of sixteenth century Persian calligraphy, highly prized by India's Muslim rulers; and nineteenth-century copies of seventeenth-century Indian paintings. Like many other seventeenth-century illuminated margins in the album, this one reveals a new Mughal taste for highly naturalistic flowering plants shown in profile. This flower style had its origins in flower paintings commissioned by Jahangir on a trip to Kashmir in the spring of 1620. Within ten years the style was adapted to architectural decoration and thereafter became popular in the decoration of all media.

"Portrait of Zamana Beg, Mahabat Khan", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album, Painting by Manohar (active ca. 1582–1624), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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