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"Dervish With a Lion", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

June 30, 1545
Animals and Plants
Islam Shah Suri 1545–1554

"Dervish With a Lion", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album



"Dervish With a Lion", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album Painting by Padarath Calligrapher: Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi (active late 15th�early 16th century) Persian Inscription (in lower border, in Shah Jahan�s hand): "Work of Padarath". During the reigns of Jahangir and Shah Jahan, devotees were favorably received, and often indulged, at court. The dervish depicted here has accoutrements associated with a mystic of the time such as a satchel, fur skirt, and distinctive head gear. He also has the dedicatory scars from self-inflicted burns on his upper arm. The floral borders in the Shah Jahan Album, many created by Daulat, combine real and imagined plants with insects, birds, and cloud bands. Text and image credit: � 2000�2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


The Mughal Images immediately took a much greater interest in realistic portraiture than was typical of Persian miniatures. Animals and plants were the main subject of many miniatures for albums and were more realistically depicted. To upload your images click here.

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