From a Mughal album, image painted c 1640–50
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS Douce Or a 1, fol 45v–46r
This magnificent double page is part of a luxurious bound album made for a member of the imperial Mughal family, Shah Shuja, the second son of the emperor Shah Jahan.
The images depict an ideal of courtly life, based on Persian prototypes and shared throughout their cultural sphere of influence. The left-hand figure reads in a rocky landscape, sword in hand, while his counterpart, seated in a palace garden in springtime, adopts the regal pose of smelling a flower.
The realism and brilliant colour palette are distinctly Mughal, as are the inner borders painted with botanically accurate flowers set inside gilded margins.
Love & devotion in the UK
The Bodleian Libraries is showing its own presentation of the Love and devotion exhibition at the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England, between 29 November 2012 and 28 April 2013.
Learn more about how you can visit this exhibition on the Bodleian Libraries website.
Love and devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads
This two-day conference held in April 2012 featured distinguished international guests and Australian specialists exploring cultural convergences in literature, the arts and architecture, history and philosophy within Persia's cultural sphere and Europe, from the 11th century to the present day.
For information on keynote speakers & topics discussed, visit our conference page
Visit the exhibition
The Love and devotion exhibition took place from 9 March to 1 July 2012. In-depth information about the exhibits and themes can be found on this website.
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