Shah Jahan and an Elderly Courtier with a Falcon

Hashimc. 1650

Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty
Dublin, Ireland

This folio is from an album compiled for Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between about 1650 and 1658. It depicts Shah Jahan, his head surrounded by a gleaming nimbus, fingering the ‘necklace' of what must have been a favoured falcon and which sits on the gloved hand of an elderly, white-bearded courtier. Hawks, cheetahs, leopards, and saluqis (dogs that hunt by sight not scent) were also used by the Mughals for hunting.


  • Title: Shah Jahan and an Elderly Courtier with a Falcon
  • Creator: Hashim
  • Date Created: c. 1650
  • Physical Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Location Created: India
  • Original Source: Chester Beatty Library
  • Rights: © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • Collection Number: CBL In 62.4
  • Additional Description: The Late Shah Jahan Album

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