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Spotted Forktail Framed Print

Item# 80-034336 

Price: $275.00
Member Price: $247.50


  • Made in the USA
  • Single matted
  • Printed by the Photograph Studio of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Includes hardware for hanging
  • Wood frame with antique gold finish
  • 25''L x 19 1/4''W including frame
  • Gift wrap not available



Rare folios from the Shah Jahan Album, a true masterpiece of Mughal art, are in The Met collection. Combining beautiful illustrations and calligraphy, this spectacular album offers a glimpse into the courtly life of its patrons. The album was initiated by the Mughal emperor Jahangir and passed onto his son Shah Jahan, who added several paintings, illuminations, and calligraphy folios.

Jahangir ordered this portrait of a spotted forktail from Abu'l Hasan, the artist upon whom he bestowed the honorific title "Wonder of the Age." The inscription states that the emperor's servants hunted this particular bird but does not say whether they killed it or merely captured it before it was portrayed. The silk ground adds a particular luster to the original painting, further enhanced by the bird's shiny eye, which contains glittering chips of a reflective material, probably mica.

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