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A shaykh and companions listen to music at night

June 30, 1645
Religion and Festival
Shah Jahan 1627–1658

A shaykh and companions listen to music at night



A shaykh and companions listen to music at night. (c.1645) La'lchand (artist, attributed) Watercolor and gilt on paper An album of 41 Indian paintings, chiefly from the Shah Jahan period (1628-1658), expressive of the Mughal lineage of Shahjahan; with 37 calligraphic specimens by Mir Al-alktib, dated 1530 (A.H. 937) on fol. 55a ; and 9 leaves of text. 10-18, containing portions of Jami's Tuhfat al-ahrar. Most of the inset paintings have floral borders, some have inner borders depicting bunches of grapes. Binding: lacquer, with floral portraits on outside and inside of boards. By permission of The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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