Nur ud-Din JAHANGIR (r.1605-1628)

Jahangir had his gifted miniaturists paint many episodes of his life, including this dream in which he embraces the Iranian ruler Shah 'Abbas
He was also an ardent hunter; in the Jahangir Namah he drew up a list of the numbers and kinds of game he had killed
He had himself depicted conversing with Jadrup Goswami, a Hindu ascetic; but paid no attention to the visit of James I's ambassador *Sir Thomas Roe*
Hindu subject matter was not at all uncommon in *Mughal*-period miniature painting
This beautifully illustrated Shah Namah may have belonged to Jahangir
Jahangir attributed this painting of Raja Amar Singh to Bishin Das, in his own handwriting
Manuscripts and illustrations were sometimes remarkably peripatetic: this one of Rumi's poetry was worked on for half a century
In his old age, Jahangir had himself painted as seated on an hourglass throne, and preferring Sufis to kings (including James I of England).

Jahangir minted some particularly lovely coins-- including premature ones, during his rebellion late in Akbar's reign
Uniquely among Mughal empresses, Nur Jahan was honored by having coins issued in her name
Jahangir minted what is perhaps the largest coin ever made-- though he had rivals for the achievement

He also created a new city: from 1608 onward, "Jahangirabad" (now DHAKA) became the capital of Mughal Bengal

Akbar himself had designed his own tomb, but Jahangir thought it insufficiently splendid and redid it (as with Salim Chishti's tomb in Fatahpur Sikri)
Some early photographs of Akbar's tomb (at Sikandra, near Agra)
Akbar's tomb: modern visitors' photos
The tomb of Jahangir's Rajput wife the "Shah Begam," a princess from Amber, who killed herself in 1605 out of shame at the rebellion of her son, Prince Khusrau (who's buried there too)
Nur Jahan built (1622-28) an exquisite tomb in Agra for her own father, Itimad ud-Daulah
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Jahangir died in Lahore, and was buried there in a tomb built by Nur Jahan (whose own nearby tomb is much simpler)

Jahangir and Nur Jahan as envisioned by the Dutch engraver Olfert Dapper, 1680's
The young Prince Salim (Jahangir) also later figured as the lover of the doomed dancing girl Anarkali, in a famous traditional romantic tale (and an early classic film)

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