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"A Youth Fallen From a Tree", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Painting by Aqa Riza (Iranian, born Meshhed, ca. 1560, active until ca. 1621), Mughal India, ca. 1610

A lot of artists and poets born in areas controlled by the Safavids moved to the Mughal court in Delhi, for various reasons, foremost among them that the Mughals were constantly flush with cash and that is a good trait in an art patron.  Besides, everybody who was anybody spoke Persian in this era, so you had the freedom to peddle your talents wherever you wanted across a huge swath of Asia without bothering much about “national” borders.

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