Dara Shukoh with philosophers, painted by Bichitr

Source:  Imperial Mughal Painting, by Stuart Cary Welch (New York: George Braziller, 1978), p. 111; scan by FWP, Sept. 2001

"To prevent a repetition of his own and his father's rebellions against imperial parents, the emperor kept Dara close to the throne. In consequence, he was able to pursue artistic and theological interests. Like Akbar, he was fascinated by Hinduism and he translated Hindu texts, discoursed with holy men, and may well have been the patron of portraits of them....

Bichitr painted the prince with learned and talented friends at the height of his power, when poetry, music, and serious conversation were his chief concerns. The prince and his guests are eminently aristocratic. The setting verges on paradise: a garden fragrant with flowers and a platform covered with superb carpets. A servant offers wine, others await attentively, and in the distance a bed is prepared for Dara's rest after the party. Bichitr describes all this with his usual masterfulness, delighting in such passages as the reflections on glass, transparency of wine, and cast shadows. The curving fingers of the soldier in the foreground are a minor but telling clue to his style." (p. 110)

A calligraphy piece by Dara Shukoh, dated 1041 AH (1631/2), from the Aga Khan Museum: *more information*; click on the image for a large scan

Source of the large scan: courtesy of Taimur Khan, Mar. 2011

A drawing of Sulaiman Shikoh, a son of Dara Shikoh; Mughal period, later 1600's

Source: http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lfsearch_coa/LotDescription.aspx?intObjectId=5013743
(downloaded Nov. 2007)

"Dara Sjecour and his son (Sepe Sjecour)," from one of Francois Valentijn's books of "Landbeschrijving," 1726

Source: ebay, Sept. 2006

*A View of Shekoabad, by William Hodges, 1788* (BL)-- Dara Shukoh's hunting lodge outside Agra

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