The Jewel and the Rose: Art for Shah-Jahan

May 4, 1997 – January 25, 1998

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

Twenty paintings, 3 textiles, a carved emerald, and a marble screen—created during the reign of Shah-Jahan, India's 5th Mughal ruler (1627-1658)—are on view. The exhibition features an illustrated manuscript of the Gulistan (Rose Garden) by 13th-century Persian poet Sa'di. The manuscript, on loan from the Art and History Trust, is considered one of the greatest examples of Mughal art. Also included is the Taj Mahal emerald, a 141.13-carat hexagonal gem made for Shah-Jahan.