At the beginning of the twentieth century the album was sold by the Royal Library and most of its leaves (exactly 100) were acquired by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia in 1910, who presented it to the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (von Habsburg 1996, p.20).
Soon after, various leaves were offered on the market and at least thirty folios were separated from the original album and are now in various museum collections, including the Freer/Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., the Musée du Louvre, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, and the Fondation Custodia, Paris.
Most of the paintings are Mughal and dated to the sixteenth and seventeenth century (half of all the paintings postdate the period of Shah Jahan’s reign) and were either single or composite (Wright 2008, p.474).
This beautiful and delicate composite page is likely to have been part of the original album. The borders, decorated with fine gold interlacing flower scrolls on a deep blue ground recall those of other album pages and the presence of composite paintings is not unusual in the album (see plates 8, 9, 12, 13, 41, 60, 61, 86, 87, 194 and 195, 226, 227, 240 in von Habsburg 1996). A further leaf from the St. Petersburg Muraqqa', from the collection of Stuart Cary Welch, was sold in these rooms, 6 April 2011, lot 94.
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