ORIGINAL TITLE Title: Qissa-yi Jani Begum” (or “The Tale of Jani Begum")
MATERIAL: Paper
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 8.25 x 5.75" (212 x 147 mm)
COMPONENTS: Urdu manuscript on European watermarked paper, 56 leaves, 9 lines to the page written in nasta'liq script in black ink, inner margins ruled in black and red, 13 illustrations in gouache and gold.
ITEM ID: 4862
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The Love Story Of Mumtaz And Shah Jahan

DATE
Year: 1829
Decade: 1820s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: June 28, 1829 (Dhu al-Hijjah 1244)

An Indian manuscript in Urdu script dating from the late 1700s to mid 1800s with many paintings in vivid colors telling about the story of Shah Jahan, who married an Indian bride named Mumtaz Mahal.

Shah Jahan later became famous for his love tale with Mumtaz Mahal and his ultimate creation named, Taj Mahal, which he built for his beloved wife. She was born Arjumand Banu;( 27 April 1593 – 17 June 1631) and was the Empress consort of the Mughal Empire from 19 January 1628 to 17 June 1631 as the chief consort of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

The Taj Mahal in Agra, often cited as one of the Wonders of the World, was commissioned by her husband to act as her tomb to tell the world how beautiful she was.

Urdu is a Persianized and standardized register of the Hindustani language. It is the official national language and lingua franca of Pakistan. In India, it is one of the 22 official languages recognized in the Constitution of India, having official status in the six states of Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, as well as the national capital territory of Delhi.

According to scholar François Clément de Blois, “The colophon seems to say 1228 (AD 1813).”