Chronicles of Emperor Akbar (Ain-i-Akbari) - ROM2008_9685_1


Chronicles of Emperor Akbar (Ain-i-Akbari)

Maker: Unknown artist
Medium:opaque water colour and gold on paper
Geography: Lahore, Pakistan
Date: 1822
Object number: 2006.70.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Strategic Acquisitions Fund
On view
Gallery Location:Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery
DescriptionThe Chronicles of Akbar (Ain-i Akbari) is the third volume of the Akbarnamah (History of Akbar) written by Abul Fazl, court historian of the Mughal Emperor Akbar (1556-1605 AD). It describes rules and regulations for the proper administration of a court. This elaborate example was produced in the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh during the early years of his reign in the Punjab. It features seven exquisite illustrations including double-page miniatures of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and the Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh and their courts. The manuscript indicates parallels drawn in by Maharaja Ranjit Singh between his own Punjab court with the Mughal Kingdom, in some ways conveying himself as the successor to Akbar's legacy.
South Asia
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