"A Firman of Dara Shikoh Ink on paper North India Mughal, dated 1651"
Lot 1166
A firman of Dara Shikoh North India, Mughal, dated 1651
Sold for US$ 6,250 inc. premium

Lot Details
Property from the Paul F. Walter Collection
A firman of Dara Shikoh
North India, Mughal, dated 1651
Ink on paper; this firman (royal mandate or decree issued by a sovereign) was issued by Dara Shikoh (r. 1616-1659) is complete is all its essential formalities. It begins with a dedication line, the bismillah: there is no God, but God... Below the dedication line in red comes the tughra which gives the names and titles of Dara Shikoh in ornamental nasta'liq script. The great seal abive reads The powerful, heroic padshah, the son of Shah Jahan, Muhammad Dara Shikoh, 17th year (of the reign of Shah Jahan), 1054 (A.H./A.D. 1644-45).
Folio: 22 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (57.8 x 31.7 cm.)

Footnotes

  • Compare with a very closely related example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, (1997.205) and two others in Spink & Sons, Visions of the Orient, 1995, nos. 36 and 37.

    Provenance:
    Acquired from Terry McInerny, 1991

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