A Young Prince With Mystics; Mughal Period India; circa 1635 CE | Aga Khan Museum | Click image for larger view.

The Mughal Prince Dara Shikuh (1615-59 CE), the eldest and favourite son of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, was profoundly interested in mysticism and his writings centre on Sufi topics and poetry. A noted patron of the arts and calligraphy, the prince presented his wife with an album of paintings and calligraphy now known as the Dara Shikuh Album and held in the British Library. The present portrait is compositionally and stylistically very similar to paintings in the album by an artist identified by Falk and Archer as “Artist B” (Falk and Archer 1981, pp. 73, 383). It has been suggested that “Artist B” was influenced by the work of Govardhan, the celebrated Mughal painter whose paintings of sages and ascetics are full of life, psychological depth, a subdued palette and perspective. All of these elements are present in this extraordinary portrait. On the reverse of the album leaf is a calligraphy specimen by Muhammad Husayn of Kashmir, the famous Akbari calligrapher known as “Golden Pen” (Zarin Qalam). –Aga Khan Museum

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hai rang-e laalah-o-gul-o-nasrii;N judaa judaa
har rang me;N bahaar kaa i;sbaat chaahiye

the color of tulip and rose and eglantine is each one separate
in every mood/aspect/’color’, a proof of spring is needed

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