The Grand Mughals - Babur to Bahadur Shah Zafar (1526-1857)

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 26 Oct 2012 New Books
New Book:
The Emperors' Album: Images of Mughal India
By Stuart Cary Welch, Annemarie Schimmel, Marie L. Swietochowski, and Wheeler M. Thackston
Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - 1987

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 25 Jul 2012 Rare Paintings
Shahjahan's bookplate!

"Rosette Bearing the Names and Titles of Shah Jahan", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album - 1645 AD

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 e... Read More
 29 Jun 2012 Rare Paintings
The War Elephants Citranand and Udiya Collide in Battle: 1590-1595

This painting from the Akbarnama (Book of Akbar) is the left half of a double-page composition. The other side is Museum no. IS.2: 63-1896. It depicts the elephant Citranand attacking another, called Udiya, during the Mughal camp... Read More
 29 Jun 2012 Rare Paintings
Pheel Khana-elephants' quarters, Holcar's camp - 1867

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 31 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. The royal elephants of the Maharaja Holkar are being prepared for a ceremonial ride by their mahouts or handlers. They are caparisoned with rich ha... Read More
 28 Jun 2012 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Fall of the Mogul Empire
By Sidney James Owen
Published by John Murray, London - 1912

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Princes of the House of Timur.
Watercolour and gilt on paper
17th century AD

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 27 Jun 2012 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Divan-i Makhf
By Princesss Zeb-un-nissa
Published by Lahore Amrit Press - 1920
In Persian

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Being Excerpts from The DIVAN-I MAKHF

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 27 Jun 2012 Rare Paintings
Shuja, Aurangzeb, and Murad Bakhsh mounted on horses in a landscape with mountains and a village in the background. Equestrian portrait with landscape.
By Balchand (artist) 17th century AD

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 27 Jun 2012 Rare Paintings
Aurangzeb ke darbar ki

A Mughal Emperor, possibly Aurangzeb is seated on a throne under a gold canopy. He inspects a piece of jewellery in his left hand. One of his sons stands behind him. An attendant waving a morchal stands behind the Emperor. Courtiers surround him; the one in the foregroun... Read More
 27 Jun 2012 Rare Manuscripts
Painted seal of Mughal Emperor Awrangzib ibn Shah Djahan I, Abul Muzzaffar Muhammad Alamgir surrounded by the names of his predecessors.
Calligraphy c. 1669

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 27 Jun 2012 Rare Paintings
A Mughal empress or member of a royal family holding a spear and turban ornament
Published: [India], 1800

Credit: Wellcome Library, London

"Fakhr un Nisa, wife of Sultan Amir Timur".

(Translated by Mohammed Ayub Khan) Read More
 26 Jun 2012 Rare Paintings
A Woman wearing Mughal costume and jewellery
Published: [India], [18--?]

Credit: Wellcome Library, London


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 25 Jun 2012 Article/Essay
The Last Atelier: Ghulam Ali Khan

The last great atelier of Mughal painting revolved around the family of one man, Ghulam Ali Khan. The artist described himself in an inscription on one of his most celebrated pictures, as “the hereditary slave of the dynasty, Ghulam Ali Khan the portraitist, res... Read More
 1 Jul 2011
The 'Timur Ruby' necklace
Spinels, diamonds, gold, enamel
50 cm long

The spinels from the Lahore Treasury, 1849; presented to Queen Victoria by the Directors of the East India Company, 1851; the necklace made for Queen Victoria, 1853 (£220 5s. and £131 17s. 6d.; Garrards Royal Ledger, f. 31... Read More
 11 Feb 2010 Rare Photographs
Bahadur Shah II, the ex-King of Delhi, May 1858.
By Robert Tytler and Charles Shepard
This rare portrait of Bahadur Shah, Emperor of Delhi from 1837-57, shows him in captivity in Delhi awaiting trial by the British for his support of the Uprising of 1857-58. It was, apparently, common practice ... Read More
 10 Feb 2010 Rare Paintings
A section from a 'Panoramic Scroll' of the city of DELHI viewed from the Lahore Gates of the Red Fort, by Mazhar ‘Ali Khan, 1846. Read More
 5 Nov 2009 Rare BOOKS
JAMES HUNTER'S - VIEWS OF BANGALORE (1802)Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take... Read More