A Northern Goshawk, attributed to Mihr Chand, Lucknow or Faizabad, circa 1770, with borders from a royal album made for Shah Jahan, Mughal, circa 1640-58
- gouache on paper
- 12 by 7.2cm / Borders: 36.8 by 25.4cm.
Ex-collection Maurice and Edmond de Rothschild.
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The exquisite borders originate from an album prepared for Shah Jahan known as the 'Late Shah Jahan Album'. This and other closely related albums have long been admired for their ravishingly fine borders decorated with flowers, birds, floral scrolls or trellises, animals and human figures. The most recent research suggests a date for the execution of the Late Shah Jahan Album of circa 1650-58, right at the end of the emperor's reign (Wright 2008, pp.107-139, 366-411). Two album borders very similar to the present example are in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (see Wright 2008, nos.65, 69B, pp.395, 408). Here the borders have been re-used at a later date to provide a fitting frame for the bird of prey.