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  • Unwan: Leaf from the Shah Jahan Album, Mughal, period of Shah Jahan (1628–58), ca. 1630–40
    India
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm), W. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
    Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955 (55.121.10.38)


    Unwan: Leaf from the Shah Jahan Album, Mughal, period of Shah Jahan (1628–58), ca. 1630–40
    India
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm), W. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
    Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955 (55.121.10.39)

    This folio features six lines of calligraphy in cloud-shaped outlines. Set within the characteristic tripartite composition of this period, the calligraphy is sandwiched between two broad horizontal panels, and flanked by two narrow vertical panels. This folio is half of a double-page frontispiece, a device commonly used in Mughal manuscripts, referred to as an unwan. The unwan typically consists of a central panel containing text, surrounded by rich geometric and floral decoration. The other half of this unwan, 55.121.10.38, features a nearly identical format, with a central panel of text surrounded by panels and ornate illumination. The decoration seen here, of delicately outlined flowers and arabesques, is common to this period, and stands as testament to the virtuosity of the illuminator in seventeenth-century Mughal India.

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  • Unwan: Leaf from the Shah Jahan Album, Mughal, period of Shah Jahan (1628–58), ca. 1630–40
    India
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm), W. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
    Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955 (55.121.10.38)


    Unwan: Leaf from the Shah Jahan Album, Mughal, period of Shah Jahan (1628–58), ca. 1630–40
    India
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm), W. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
    Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955 (55.121.10.39)


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