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Mughal art. The Book of Pigeons, by Valih Musavi (1788).

Mughal art. The Book of Pigeons, by Valih Musavi (1788).

Indian miniature, Akbar period, 1600-1605The very idea of a bird is a symbol and…

Indian miniature, Akbar period, 1600-1605The very idea of a bird is a symbol and…

This illustration to the Akbarnama (Book of Akbar) depicts the Mughal emperor Akbar (r.1556–1605) on horseback, inspecting a wild elephant captured from a herd during a royal hunting expedition near Malwa in north central India. The elephant is shown tethered to a tree to start its training process, and two trained elephants can be seen in the foreground being led away. The manuscript describes in detail the process of training a wild elephant.

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This illustration to the Akbarnama (Book of Akbar) depicts the Mughal emperor Akbar (r.1556–1605) on horseback, inspecting a wild elephant captured from a herd during a royal hunting expedition near Malwa in north central India. The elephant is shown tethered to a tree to start its training process, and two trained elephants can be seen in the foreground being led away. The manuscript describes in detail the process of training a wild elephant.

Akbae on a War Elephant, Mughal, India.

Akbae on a War Elephant, Mughal, India.

Mumtaz Mahal, consort of Shah Jahan, seated in an interior smoking a hookah, an attendant with a morchal standing behind her

Mumtaz Mahal, consort of Shah Jahan, seated in an interior smoking a hookah, an attendant with a morchal standing behind her

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The child Akbar recognizes his mother at Kabul in 1545

The child Akbar recognizes his mother at Kabul in 1545

Mughal miniature art form

Mughal miniature art form

Chand Bibi Hawking with Attendants in a Landscape, ca. 1700; Mughal  India  Opaque watercolors, gold, and silver on card–weight paper; 10 x 6 1/4 in. (25.4 x 15.9 cm)

Chand Bibi Hawking with Attendants in a Landscape, ca. 1700; Mughal India Opaque watercolors, gold, and silver on card–weight paper; 10 x 6 1/4 in. (25.4 x 15.9 cm)

ca. 1610-15. Inayat Khan, favored courtier to Mughal Emperor Jahangir, carrying the royal sword in lavish tapestries. By Daulat. India.

ca. 1610-15. Inayat Khan, favored courtier to Mughal Emperor Jahangir, carrying the royal sword in lavish tapestries. By Daulat. India.

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