The Akbarnama was commissioned by the emperor Akbar as the official chronicle of his reign. It was written by his court historian and biographer Abu’l Fazl between 1590 and 1596 and is thought to have been illustrated between about 1592 and 1594 by at least 49 different artists from Akbar’s studio.
After Akbar’s demise in 1605, he manuscript remained in the library of his son, Jahangir (r. 1605-1627) and later Shah Jahan (r. 1628-1658). Today, the represented composition of Akbarnma, with 116 miniature paintings, is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. It was purchased by the South Kensington Museum (now the V&a) in 1896 from Mrs Frances Clarke, procured by her spouse upon his retirement from serving as Commissioner of Oudh (1858-1862).
16th Century Mughal Miniatures
Repository U.K., London, Victoria and Albert Museum (IS.2:102-1896)
Collection American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) Collection (University of Michigan)
Source Data from: The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA)
Rights Photo: Â© Asian Art Archives, University of Michigan
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