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. It is a Moghul masterpiece in the British Library.
The facing pages alternate in pairs: two pages of paintings, then two of calligraphy, following the typical Moghul album format. Each artwork is mounted within a gold-painted border, and the entire album is bound in tooled and gilded covers. It is one of the few Moghul albums to have survived almost intact.
Dara Shikoh was executed in 1659 by his younger brother Aurangzib, who was the victor in the wars waged between Shah Jahan’s four sons. The album was taken, after Nadira Banu’s death, into the royal library and the inscriptions connecting it with Dara Shikoh were deliberately, but not completely, erased. One painting is signed and dated by the artist Muhammad Khan AH 1043 (AD 1633 or 1634).
This notecard collection contains five each of the following four images:
A Pair of Pheasants in a Landscape, Dara Shikoh Album, f.71v, 1630–1640
A Night Heron, Dara Shikoh Album, f.9v, 1630–1640
A Drake Beside a Pool, Dara Shikoh Album, f.10, 1630–1640
Two Pigeons Beside a Dovecote, Dara Shikoh Album, f.31v, 1630–1640
Contains 20 blank notecards (5 each of 4 images) and 20 envelopes.
Comes in a sturdy, reuseable box, great for storage of special little treasures.
Card Dimensions: 5 x 7 inches