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Published with the British Library
Size: 2.25 x 7.25 in.
A night heron (detail), 1630–1640
From the Dara Shikoh album
The Dara Shikoh album is a collection of paintings and calligraphy assembled during the 1630s by Dara Shikoh (1615–1659), the eldest son of Emperor Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal), and presented to his wife Nadira Banu Begum in 1641–1642. One of the few Moghul albums to have survived almost complete, it is bound in tooled and gilded covers, and each artwork is mounted on its leaf within gold-painted borders.