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This folio exemplifies the Mughal practice of collecting earlier Safavid paintings, decorating them with ornate bold borders illuminated in gold, and binding the resulting page into an album.

By folding these earlier images into their own artistic practices, the Mughals deliberately incorporated the cultural customs of the Safavid court and laid claim to their Timurid artistic and political, heritage. The borders of this folio, illuminated in gold with floral motifs and sensitively rendered, naturalistic depictions of birds, suggest that this image was once part of the album of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r. 1605-1627).

Page from the Jahangir Album
Calligrapher: Mir Ali
Mughal India, 16th - 17th century
Ink, opaque watercolour, and gold on paper
MS.155.2000

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