Shah Sarmad and Prince Dara Shikoh Under a Tree

According to inscriptions written in Nasta’liq script, this painting, Walters manuscript leaf W.912, depicts the Mughal prince Dara Shikoh (born 1024 AH/AD 1615) and the holy man Shah Sarmad seated under a tree. Behind the wise man stands an attendant with a peacock-feather fan. A celebrated scholar, sufi, and ruler, Dara Shikoh was the eldest son of Shah Jahan.
John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2002

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