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"The Mosque of Wuzeer Ulee Khan," published by the Illustrated London News, 1858; click on the image for a large scan

Reading Masjid Wazir Khan

Wazir Khan’s Mosque, in the heart of the Walled City of Lahore, is one of the most thoroughly documented and discussed of our monuments. In 1887, Kipling (John Lockwood, father of Rudyard) discussed…

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Domes & Arches of Shah Jehan Mosque (Thatta)

The Shah Jehan Mosque (Grand Mosque) is located in Thatta (Province of Sindh, PAKISTAN).

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The Shah Jehan (Emperor’s) Album

The Shah Jahan Album, also known as the Emperor’s Album or Kevorkian Album, features fifty illustrated and calligraphy folios, forty-one of which belong to the Metropolitan Museum, and nine of which reside in…

Mughal Art after 1600

After the death of Akbar, architect of the Mughal empire and active patron of the arts, his son Jahangir (r. 1605–27) ascended to the throne. As a prince, Jahangir had established his own…

Rosette (shamsa) bearing the name and titles of Emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628–58), Mughal, 17th century Attributed to India Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Rosette (shamsa)

This shamsa is an exquisite example of the art of illumination in the Mughal period. The profusion and gem-like detail of the floral decoration of the rosette, set along scrolling vines, can be…

Vegetal Patterns in Islamic Art

With the exception of the garden and its usual reference to paradise, vegetal motifs and patterns in Islamic art are largely devoid of symbolic meaning. Vegetal patterns employed alone or in combination with…

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Taj Mahal – Refined Elegance

The Taj Mahal: Symbol of India, architectural jewel, and monument to a grand passion. We take a closer look at the Taj Mahal and revisit its history – why it was built and…

Marriage certificate of the last Mughal ruler, Bahadur Shah II (r. 1837-57) to Zinat Mahal Begam, on 18 November 1840. Details In this kabin-nama, marriage contract, bridegroom agreed to pay a kabin (jointure or settlement) of 1,500,000 current rupees, of which one-third is to be paid immediately and two-thirds at any time during their married life, and that the marriage took place in the presence of two free, adult and righteous witnesses.

Marriage Certificate of the Last Mughal Emperor of India

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Architecture of Fatehpur Sikri

Abandoned city in northern India founded by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571. Fatehpur Sikri derives its name from the village of Sikri which occupied the spot before, the prefix Fatehpur, City of…

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Carpets from the Islamic World

Under the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal dynasties, carpet weaving was transformed from a minor craft based on patterns passed down from generation to generation into a statewide industry with patterns created in court…

Grand Mosque Shah Jehan, Thatta

The mosque, a heavy brick structure of simple construction built upon a stone plinth, with heavy square pillars and massive walls, is centered around a courtyard 169′ X 97′. The prayer chamber is…

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The Nature of Islamic Art

The term Islamic art not only describes the art created specifically in the service of the Muslim faith (for example, a mosque and its furnishings) but also characterizes the art and architecture historically…

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