The Metropolitan Museum’s collection contains 41 folios from the Shah Jahan Album, a true masterpiece of Mughal art. 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 (r. 1605–27), and passed onto his son Shah Jahan (r. 1628–58), who added several paintings, illuminations, and calligraphy folios. For our magnificent tote we have adapted delicately outlined flowers and arabesques from the brilliantly decorated frontispiece in this album (ca. 1630–40).
Microfiber. Magnetic snap closure. 13''H x 17''W with a 5'' gusset; handle drop: 12''L.
- Magnetic snap closure
- 13''H x 17''W with a 5'' gusset; handle drop: 12''L
Art HistoryThe Mughal empire in India (1526–1858) flourished under a long line of dynamic and highly cultured rulers, who supported some of the greatest achievements of Indian art and architecture. Some of the greatest achievements of Indian art and architecture were produced during this period. Outstanding royal miniatures were created for books and albums during the reign of Akbar, the third Mughal emperor (r. 1556–1605).