Posted on: 17 April 2013

A shaykh and companions listen to music at night. (c.1645)
La'lchand (artist, attributed)

Watercolour and gilt on paper

An album of 41 Indian paintings, chiefly from the Shahjahan period (1628-1658), expressive of the Mughal lineage of Shahjahan; with 37 calligraphic specimens by Mīr Alī-alkātib, dated 1530 (A.H. 937) on fol. 55a ; and 9 leaves of text, fols. 10-18, containing portions of Jami's Tuhfat al-ahrar. Most of the inset paintings have floral borders, some have inner borders depicting bunches of grapes. Binding: lacquer, with floral portraits on outside and inside of boards.

By permission of The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Beautiful, l love the detailing of the subject