The idle ramblings of a Jack of some trades, Master of none

Oct 3, 2011


I was at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin a while ago. It is famous for its enormous reconstructed artefacts from the Near East - the Ishtar Gate of the Babylonians, and the Market Gate of Miletus of the Romans. An even bigger treasure is the Pergamon Altar depicting the Greek myths of the war between the gods and the giants. These alone are worth the price of visit.

The large section on Islamic Art, however, is equally valuable. Series of rooms flow from one to the next, tracing the history of Muslim creativity from the earliest to the early modern. There are sculptures, friezes, paintings, furniture, vessels, mihrabs, weapons, clothes, coins, carpets. Amongst them is a series of Mughal miniatures, from Shah Jahan's time to that of the daughter of Aurangzeb, and beyond. These are part of an exhibition (until 16 October) of festivity in Indian Islamic royal art. I took pictures of them as I walked by, and here they are:

Shah Jahan Accepts Tribute From Vassal, Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Shah Jahan accepting tributes from a vassal (1640-7)
Kushal Khan in Agra, Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Kushal Khan, a noted musician of Agra (mid-17th century)
Dervishes in Trance, Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Dervishes in a trance (17th century)
Dara Shikoh Entering Lahore Fort, Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Dara Shikoh enters Lahore Fort (17th century)
Shab-i-Barat Celebrations, Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Aurangzeb's daughter Shebannissa celebrating Shab-i-Barat (17th century)
Noble Lady with Servants, Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Noble lady with servants (1775)
Lovely, aren't they?


Parmanu said...

Delightful, yes! Too bad this isn't part of the permanent collection there.

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