W.684, Two leaves from the Akbarnama
These two Mughal paintings are originally from a copy of the Akbarnāmah, the official history of the reign of the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r. 964-1015 AH / 1556-1605 CE), written by Abū al-Faẓl ibn Mubārak (d. 1011 AH / 1602 CE). The manuscript from which the two paintings derive is divided largely between the British Library (Or. MS 2988) and the Chester Beatty Library (Ms. 3). This illustrated historical manuscript has been dated between the late tenth century AH / sixteenth CE to the initial years of the eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE. The two Walters paintings are pasted over the central text panel of a page from Farhang-i Jahāngīrī, an imperial Persian language dictionary by Jamāl al-Dīn Ḥusayn Injū Shīrāzī (d. 1035 AH /1625 or 6 CE). This was done in the early twentieth century by the French dealer Demotte.
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