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Chapter Four: The Mughal Court and the Art of Observation

The Emperor Shah Jahan with His Son Dara Shikoh: Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

The Emperor Shah Jahan with His Son Dara Shikoh: Folio from the Shah Jahan Album (verso). About 1620. Artist: Nanha (active 1605–27). India

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • understand the role of luxury objects in the Mughal court of India
  • recognize how the precise and highly naturalistic depictions of animals, plants, and people demonstrate the Mughals' extraordinary interest in the natural world and the keen observational skills of Mughal artists