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

Object Name: Album leaf

Date: recto: ca. 1645; verso: ca. 1630–40

Geography: Made in India

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: H. 15 3/16 in. (38.6 cm)
W. 10 7/16 in. (26.5 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955

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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."