Dara Shikoh with Mian Mir and Mulla Shah

Detached album folio; Dara-Shikoh with Main Mir and Mulla Shah; text in cartouches: Persian in black nasta’liq script; two unidentified quatrain within cartouches; obliterated seal; inscriptions containing the name of Mulla Shah, Dara-Shikoh, and Main Mir.
Border: The painting is set in gold and black rulings in a gold-sprinkled border, surrounded by a border with floral and animal motifs and marginal cartouches, mounted on a cream-colored paperboard.

Maker(s)
Author: Lalchand
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, ca. 1640
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper, mounted on paperboard
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 33.7 x 26.2 cm (13 1/4 x 10 5/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.432
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached album folio with painting

Keywords
halo, Henri Vever collection, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), mullah, portrait, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached album folio; Dara-Shikoh with Main Mir and Mulla Shah; text in cartouches: Persian in black nasta'liq script; two unidentified quatrain within cartouches; obliterated seal; inscriptions containing the name of Mulla Shah, Dara-Shikoh, and Main Mir.
Border: The painting is set in gold and black rulings in a gold-sprinkled border, surrounded by a border with floral and animal motifs and marginal cartouches, mounted on a cream-colored paperboard.

Inscription(s)

Identifications on illustrations: right side (identifying upper middle figure in white): Mian Mir; left side (1, identifying figure facing Mian Mir): Mulla Shah; (2,identifying figure to left of Mulla Shah): Dara Shikoh.
Upper sides and top cartouches: 2 lines (4 hemistiches) of an unidentified quatrain: Dar kûy-i tu kaz dîda guhar mîrezad/ vaz har muzha khûnân-i jigar mîrezad/ chun nâma-i man burd kabûtar k'ânjâ/ jâmîst ki Jibrîl [ba] par mîrezad [In your lane.
"Where tear-pearls rain from my eyes,/ and from every lash my passion's blood spills,/ when the dove carries my message there,/ it is a goblet that Gabriel pours over his wings."
Lower sides and bottom cartouches: 3 hemistiches of an unidentified quatrain: Chun garm shavad zi bâda mârâ rag u pay/ kunjî u farâghatî u yak shîsha-i may/ bâ shâhid-i shûkh u shang u bâ barbat u nay.
"When our veins grow hot with wine--/ an empty corner, leisure and a bottle of wine--/ with an impudent drunk beauty and lute and flute /..."

Published References
  • Rene Grousset. The Civilizations of the East. 4 vols., New York and London, 1931-1934. vol. 2: p. 337, fig. 212.
  • John Renard. Historical Dictionary of Sufism. Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies and Movements, no. 58 Lanham, Maryland. fig. 15.
  • Michael Brand. The Vision of Kings: Art and Experience in India. Exh. cat. Canberra. cat. 77, p. 113.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 36, p. 164.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 72, pp. 208-209.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 377, pp. 322-323.
  • Abolala Soudavar, Milo Cleveland Beach. Art of the Persian Court: Selections from the Art and History Trust Collection. New York. cat. 42, p. 362.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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