A Night Celebration of the Prophet’s Birthday from the St. Petersburg album

Artist: Attributed to Bulaqi, son of Hoshang
Borders: Muhammad Sadiq
Patron: Shah Jahan (reigned 1628-1658)
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Shah Jahan, ca. 1635; borders 1751-52
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 30.5 x 23.1 cm (12 x 9 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Album leaf with painting

India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), Reign of Shah Jahan (1628 - 1658)
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Shanti Swarup. Flora and Fauna in Mughal Art. Bombay. ill. 137.
  • Wilma Komala. The Windsor Castle Badhah Nama and its Place in the Development of Historical Painting During the Reign of Shah Jahan, 1628-1658. Ann Arbor. pl. LXVIII.
  • Sussan Babaie. Isfahan and its Palaces: Statecraft, Shi'ism and the Architecture of Conviviality in Early Modern Iran. Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Art Edinburgh. pl. 24.
  • Annemarie Schimmel. Islam in India and Pakistan. Iconography of Religions Leiden. p. 27, pl. XXIII.
  • Ali Anooshahr. The Mughal Empire from Jahangir to Shah Jahan: Art, Architecture, Politics, Law and Literature. Mumbai, India. p. 121, fig. 4b.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court. Exh. cat. Washington, 1981. cat. 17f, pp. 175-177.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. King of the World: The Padshahnama: An Imperial Mughal Manuscript from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. Exh. cat. London, 1997. pp. 218-219, fig. 144.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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