84.44a and b came to the MIA as one object and were separated. Records still reflect a and b.

Album folio of a pink lotus, Mughal dynasty, 18th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

There are many ways to contextualize this fluidly painted flower. It is said that flowers became an important painting genre in the Mughal studios after the Emperor Jehangir (reign 1605–27) encountered the springtime flora of the Kashmir Valley in northwestern India. This also coincided with the arrival of European floral prints brought by Jesuit missionaries. Already, floral sprays were a primary element in Mughal (reign 1526–1857) decorative arts, inspired by the pervasive floral environments of the paradisal gardens described in Islamic texts. Here, the painter imaginatively interprets a pink lotus, which is associated with purity in many South Asian belief systems.

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Title
Album folio of a pink lotus
Role
Artist
Accession Number
84.44b
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84.44a and b came to the MIA as one object and were separated. Records still reflect a and b.