mughalshit

mughalshit:

A Coin Minted by Jahangir

India (Agra), Mughal, 1624

Gold

This coin bears a Leo symbol found on the other objects in the collection, but it was not created for talismanic purposes. This sign instead corresponds to the month in which it was minted. In his memoirs, the Mughal emperor Jahangir recorded his inspired idea for the unusual design of this and other coins depicting the signs of the zodiac.

Inscription: Inscription in Persian in nasta‘liq script on obverse:

یافت در اگره روی زر زیور از جهانگیر شاه، شاه اکبر

The face of gold was decorated in Agra by Jahangir Shah, [son of ] Shah Akbar.

Lions are particularly emblematic of the Mughal Empire, appearing in various contexts, like the flag and various paintings, so it’s no surprise that lions would appear on currency.

Here are the rest of the Zodiac coins:

mughalshit

mughalshit:

Cabinet

India, Mughal, early 17th century

Teak, veneered with rosewood and inlaid with tropical woods, ivory and brass, with silver escutcheon and iron mounts

This cabinet originated in Gujarat, in western India. From about 1500 to 1630 cabinetmakers in this region usually decorated fall-front cabinets and boxes with inlay. This inlay ranged from sadeli (micro-mosaic work in wood and metal) to geometric, floral and figurative marquetry in wood and ivory. This cabinet is from a group with inlay of ivory (either white or stained green), a variety of woods, and brass or copper. The cabinetmaker has used a range of subjects. They include animals positioned symmetrically or chasing one another, courtiers, and armed Indian and Portuguese hunters on foot, or horse, or elephant.
Mughal design is full of hunting themes. They appear in miniature painting, carpets, clothing and metalwork. The hunting scenes on this and many related cabinets are usually thought to have been influenced by Mughal design. However, hunting themes were equally fashionable on high-quality European cabinets of the period. European cabinetmakers created hunting scenes using a variety of techniques, from inlaying materials into wood to etching on ivory. Etching on ivory allowed designers to copy images directly from printed works such as Livre de Chasse (book of hunting) (1563) by Gaston Phebus.

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medievalpoc:

The history that you learn in school depends on which political party is in power in your district. Even college presidents are trying to control which version of History young people are allowed to learn.

People can say what they like about Medievalpoc “pushing an agenda”. My point? There…

eastiseverywhere
eastiseverywhere:

Unknown Indian artist
Eight Men in Indian and Burmese Costume, 19th century
India, Delhi (early 1800s)
Main support: ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; margins: gold on dyed paper
Metropolitan Museum of ARt
[x]
The Met says:

The style of this Company painting is very similar to that of a series of pictures commissioned by two Scottish brothers named Fraser who were resident in India during the first half of the nineteenth century. Among the Fraser pictures are studies of villagers painted from life. One folio in the so-called Fraser Album includes the same figure of a Burmese nobleman, perhaps the ambassador to Delhi, seen in the center of the Museum’s picture; here this figure has been reversed by pouncing. The Delhi Fort is visible in the distant background

eastiseverywhere:

Unknown Indian artist

Eight Men in Indian and Burmese Costume, 19th century

India, Delhi (early 1800s)

Main support: ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; margins: gold on dyed paper

Metropolitan Museum of ARt

[x]

The Met says:

The style of this Company painting is very similar to that of a series of pictures commissioned by two Scottish brothers named Fraser who were resident in India during the first half of the nineteenth century. Among the Fraser pictures are studies of villagers painted from life. One folio in the so-called Fraser Album includes the same figure of a Burmese nobleman, perhaps the ambassador to Delhi, seen in the center of the Museum’s picture; here this figure has been reversed by pouncing. The Delhi Fort is visible in the distant background

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art-of-swords:

Dagger with Sheath

  • Dated: 18th century
  • Culture: Indian
  • Medium: steel, shark skin, jade, gold, ruby, emerald, sapphire, silver
  • Measurements: L. with sheath 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm); L. without sheath 10 11/16 in. (27.1 cm); L. of blade 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); Wt. 3.5 oz. (99.2 g); Wt. of sheath 2.8 oz. (79.4 g)

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