A Night Celebration of the Prophet’s Birthday from the St. Petersburg Album

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Maker(s)
Artist: Attributed to Bulaqi, son of Hoshang
Borders: Muhammad Sadiq
Patron: Shah Jahan ((reigned 1628-1658))
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, ca. 1635; borders 1751-52
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 30.5 x 23.1 cm (12 x 9 1/8 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1942.18a
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Album folio with painting

Keywords
India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), night, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962
Mughal Imperial Library
Persian Imperial Library
Czar Nicholas II

Label

This painting represents Shah Jahan holding a night audience for a large group of mullahs, or Muslim theologians. It may have been painted for a volume of the Padshahnama (Book of the Emperor), an official biography of the Emperor.
Shah Jahan, seated on a platform throne under a canopy on the left, is shown praying with the mullahs and the members of his Court prior to a feast. Dara Shikoh, his eldest and favorite son, sits immediately behind the Emperor. Scholars have suggested that the elaborate feast depicted in the painting took place on the occasion of the marriage of Dara Shikoh.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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