Attributed to India / Illuminated page or Shamsa (recto) / calligraphy (verso) / 17th centuryAttributed to India
Illuminated page or Shamsa (recto) / calligraphy (verso)
17th century

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Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Dates/Places: India
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to India
Title: Illuminated page or Shamsa (recto) / calligraphy (verso)
Title Type: Object name
Title: Rosette (Shamsa) bearing the name and titles of the Emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628-58)
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1600
Creation End Date: 1699
Creation Date: 17th century
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Codex
Materials and Techniques: Ink, colors, and gold on paper
Dimensions: 15 3/16 x 10 7/16 in. (38.6 x 26.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number:
Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955

A 'shamsa' (literally, 'sun') traditionally opened imperial Mughal albums. Worked in bright colors and several tones of gold, the meticulously designed and painted arabesques are enriched by fantastic flowers, birds, and animals. The inscription in the center in the 'tughra' ('handsign') style reads: 'His Majesty Shihabuddin Muhammad Shahjahan, the king, warrior of the faith, may God perpetuate his kingdom and sovereignty.'

AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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