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  • Description

    Girls dancing before Shah Jahan; single-page drawing on a detached album folio. Depiction of twirling girls and musicians performing before Shah Jahan seated on a carpet against a cushion.
    Ink and light colour on paper.

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30.35 centimetres (drawing)
    • Width: 21 centimetres (drawing)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        centre upper edge
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Translation

        "group scene of his majesty Shah Jahan, work of Nadir Zaman"
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    31 May 1996

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Demount, remount.


    Attached by verso edges to old mount.

    Treatment details

    Demount, removed paper tape hinges with moisture. Mounted in royal acid free board by MT3.

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  • Department

    Middle East

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Painting. General subject - portrait, recreation. Girls dancing before Sháh Jahán +inscription. On paper.

Painting. General subject - portrait, recreation. Girls dancing before Sháh Jahán +inscription. On paper.

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