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Darbar of Jahangir

June 30, 1624
Jahangir 1605–1627

Darbar of Jahangir



Beautiful Mughal Miniature Painting This magnificient painting, a masterpiece from the Jahangir Nama, is a brilliant depiction of a fully orchestrated Mughal Darbar (kings court). Here Emperor Jahangir is presenting himself to his courtiers and envoys who are shown in a formal rigid arrangement. Joining him on a special balcony are his son Shah Jahan and grandson Shah Shuja. The artist has captured in great detail and care the people, animals and architecture of a mughal court. This is Mughal art at its finest and the next best thing to the original. The handmade reproduction of the original which was executed in AD 1620, has been brilliantly achieved with use of meticulous brushwork and fine watercolors, ink and gold. The painting is done on paper and is 7 in. wide and 11 in. tall. (18 cms X 28 cms) Attributed to: Manohar (Indian, active about 1580 to 1620) Attributed to: Abul Hasan (Indian, active about 1600–1630)Indian, MughalMughal periodAbout 1624; some areas repainted about 1628Object Place: Northern India. INSCRIPTIONS Persian inscription on the bottom-left of the picture: "Amal-I-Kamtrin Khanazadan," or "by the lowest second-generation servant of the house." PROVENANCE By 1912, Victor Goloubew (b. 1879 - d. 1945), Paris [see note 1]; 1914, sold by Goloubew through M. Meyer-Riefstahl to the MFA for $76,999.81 (total price for 14.532-700). (Accession Date: June 4, 1914) NOTES: [1] Victor Goloubew was born in Russia but lived in Paris by the time of this acquisition. He formed this collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and exhibited it at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1912 to 1914 (Paull, Florence Virginia. "The Goloubew Collection of Persian and Indian Paintings." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin. Vol. XIII. No. 74. (February 1915) 1-16).

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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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