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

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 14 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Drawn by Rembrandt
ca. 1656-1661

A Mughal nobleman on horseback; after a Mughal miniature, a man, with slight beard, holding a two-headed lance seated on a horse which is rearing to right. c.1656-1661.

Pen and brown ink with brown and grey wash, touched with red and yellow chalk a... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Gouache painting on paper of BAHADUR SHAH II seated on a chair with lion claw feet, on a terrace. Bahadur Shah II is lavishly attired, wearing a multi-coloured shawl over his shoulder and waist and jewellery at his neck, wrists and arms. He holds a huqqa pipe in his left hand and rests his right ... Read More
 13 Nov 2012
The mystery of Bahadur Shah’s crown
By K.R.N. Swamy
Tribune India - June 2000

As he fled from the Red Fort at Delhi, as its capture by the Birtish became imminent on September 14, 1857, Bahadur Shah the last Mughal Emperor, carried with him his most precious treasure: a box containing three bear... Read More
 12 Nov 2012
Ongoing exhibition at the British Library, London:
Enter the world of the Mughals, one of the world's great dynasties, in our new major exhibition.

At its peak, the Mughal Empire stretched from Kabul in the northwest and covered most of the South Asian subcontinent. This exhibition is the first ... Read More
 12 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Bahadur Shah I with his sons handing a sarpech to a grandson, ca. 1710.
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. H. 12 3⁄8 × W. 9 1⁄4 in. (31.4 × 23.5 cm).

Source: The San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection Read More
 12 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
The Emperor Bahadur Shah
Delhi, 1855 - 1858

Europeanised in its full-face portraiture and modelling, this sadly gazing nobleman is the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah II (r.1837-1858). Like his father, seen in the previous painting [LI118.33], he ruled India in name only, and his domains hardly... Read More
 5 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Sultan Murad and a Consort
ca. 1597

Manohar active 1582–ca. 1624))
Mughal dynasty
Reign of Akbar
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

This image is an unusually intimate portrait of royal lovers reclining in a garden setting. It portrays Prince Murad, the intellectually incline... Read More
 5 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Folio from the Ramayana of Valmiki (The Freer Ramayana), Vol. 2, folio 199; recto: text; verso: Laksmana is stricken by the magic arrows of Indrajita

Fazl , (Indian, Indian)
Mughal dynasty

Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
H: 27.5 W: 15.2 cm
Northern India

Copyr... Read More
 5 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
The Synthesis of European and Mughal Art in the Emperor Akbar’s Khamsa of Nizami
By Gregory Minissale
October 13, 2000

The European engravings brought to India in the sixteenth century by the Jesuits to help communicate Christian doctrines to the Mughals are well documented. Prints of no... Read More
 5 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Susanna and the Elders, folio from the Gulshan Album (Rose Garden album)
ca. 1595

Mughal dynasty
Reign of Jahangir
Oil on paper (image); opaque watercolor and gold on paper (borders)
H: 24.7 W: 13.4 cm

This folio is a striking demonstration of Mughal artistic creativity and experimenta... Read More
 5 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Seated Youth, ca. 1600

Abu'l Hasan b. 1588 or 1589)
Mughal dynasty
Reign of Jahangir

Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H: 12.4 W: 7.3 cm

Portraits of graceful young men reading or holding flowers are frequent in Iranian painting though rare in Mughal art. This drawin... Read More
 4 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Persian Portraits, Etc.
Double view. On left: Album leaf (verso). Portrait. The bow-bearer of Shah ?Abbas. On right: Album leaf (recto); painting. Vishnu as Matsya returning the Vedas to Brahman. On paper.
Mughal Style
Late 17th century
Deccan, India

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 1 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
"I came alone and I go as a stranger. I do not know who I am, nor what I have been doing."

— Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal emperor of India

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Painting; Watercolour on ivory, Aurangzeb (1658-1707), Delhi, ca.1850

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 1 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Emperor Aurangzeb in a Shaft of Light with later floral border from The St. Petersburg Album
ca. 1660

Hunhar (Indian)
Mughal dynasty
Reign of Emperor Aurangzeb
Opaque watercolor on paper with gold
H: 47.2 W: 32.2 cm

The garden setting may be a reference to Agharabad (later ... Read More
 1 Nov 2012 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
A Vindication of Aurangzeb
By Sadiq Ali of Kapurthala
Published in Kapurthala - 1916

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Excerpts from the Preface:

"My object in writing this essay is to caution students of the h... Read More
 1 Nov 2012 Article/Essay
The truth about Aurangzeb
By Francois Gautier - February 16, 2007

Thus, we thought we should get at the root of the matter. History (like journalism) is about documentation and first-hand experience. We decided to show Aurangzeb according to his own documents. There are an i... Read More
 1 Nov 2012 Rare Manuscripts
Firman of the Emperor Aurangzeb

Mughal dynasty
Ink, color, and gold on paper
H: 110.0 W: 47.5 cm

The firman—dated to Aurangzeb's fourth regnal year, corresponding to A.H. 1072/A.D. 1661-62—is written in clear and legible nast'liq and consists of fourteen lines of text. It begin... Read More
 1 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Nobleman smoking on a terrace
North India, c. 1670

A Mughal nobleman, possibly an officer serving with Aurangzeb’s armies in the Deccan, sits drinking from a porcelain wine-cup, while a youth in a flowered robe holds the hookah steady for him. Further youthful attendants stand at either side.... Read More
 1 Nov 2012 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Ruqa't-i 'lamgr
By Emperor Aurangzeb
Published by Matba-i-Nizami, Kanpur - 1857
In Farsi

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"No age is wanting in able men; it is the duty of wise masters to find them out, win them over, and get w... Read More
 1 Nov 2012 Rare Photographs
Tomb of Rabia Durrani, at Aurangabad - 1880

Photograph of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, or Queen's Tomb, in Aurangabad, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892'. This tomb, built in 1678, is the most well known building i... Read More