Courtiers Watch as Shah Jahan Honors Prince Dara Shikoh at His Wedding.
LEFT half of a double page composition. Digitally
Enhanced Reproduction of a Museum Quality Masterpiece painted by Bulaqi son of
Hoshang about 1635..
* Overall Frame Size: 12 x 15 inches
* Image Size: 10.5 x 13.5 inches
Media: Long Life Faux Canvas
The wedding festivities of Prince Dara Shikoh (February 1633), the eldest son of Emperor Shah
Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal, consisted of a series of
events. The most conspicuous Indian element (depicted in this painting), was the
ceremonial covering of the bridegroom's face with a sehra (veil), a
custom intended to avert the effects of the evil eye.
While a common bridegroom's sehra would usually be made of a fillet
with miniature flower garlands, more precious materials were used by the well to
do. Dara's sehra consisted of strings of pearls interspersed with gems;
it was a family heirloom, which had already served for Shah Jahan's own wedding.
The ceremony took place before the actual marriage (nikah) on the
evening of 12 February 1633, on the riverfront terrace of the Agra Fort.
Courtiers are shown standing respectfully as Shah Jahan places the sehra
on his son's face. In the courtyard below, dancers and musicians perform by the
light of large, two armed candlesticks. In the background, on the bank of the
river Yumuna, elaborate fireworks give the painter occasion to show atmospheric
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