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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 night effects.
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