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Jahangir Entertains Shah Abbas from the St. Petersburg Album

June 30, 1618
Jahangir 1605–1627

Jahangir Entertains Shah Abbas from the St. Petersburg Album



Jahangir Entertains Shah Abbas from the St. Petersburg Album ca. 1620; borders 1746-47 Bishandas Mughal dynasty Reign of Jahangir Opaque water color, gold and ink on paper H: 25.0 W: 18.3 cm India This painting represents the Jahangir's imaginary entertainment of the Persian ruler Shah Abbas. The opulence displayed by Jahangir in this scene symbolizes the Emperor's desire to overwhelm his opponent with his wealth and power. Unfortunately, Jahangir's ambitions were not realized as Shah Abbas captured Qandahar from the Mughals in 1622, a few years after the execution of this painting. In 1739 Nadir Shah of Iran attacked the Mughal capital at Delhi, seizing many of the best Mughal paintings and manuscript illustrations. These were mounted into albums prepared and decorated by the leading Persian artists of the day and eventually formed the compilation known today as the St. Petersburg album. Copyright: 2012 Smithsonian Institution

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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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