Birds from the Dara Shikoh Album Boxed Notecards
20 blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box
Printed on recycled paper
Published with The British Library
Box size: 5.375 x 7.375 x 1.5 in.
Card size: 5 x 7 in.
A Moghul masterpiece in the collection of the British Library, the Dara Shikoh album is a manuscript collection of paintings and calligraphy assembled during the 1630s by Dara Shikoh (1615–1659), the eldest son of the Emperor Shah Jahan (1628–1658, the builder of the Taj Mahal), and presented to his wife Nadira Banu Begum in 1641 or 1642. The plates from the album reproduced here—of four birds in various settings—reflect the artistic mastery and elegant craft of one of the few Moghul albums to have survived almost intact.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
A pair of pheasants in a landscape
A night heron
A drake beside a pool
Two pigeons beside a dovecote