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The Salim Album, 
compiled c. 1600 -1605

The Salim Album is named for Prince Salim, for whom it was compiled, mainly during the period from July 1600 to November 1604 when he rebelled against his father, set up his own court at Allahabad, and fashioned himself “Shah” Salim. (Upon his accession in 1605, Salim took the title ‘Jahangir’, meaning ‘World Seizer’.) The album survives today as a group of thirty loose folios preserved mainly in collections in Europe and America; the single largest group of folios is the eight folios in the Chester Beatty Library.

The folios of the album are small in size (about 20cm x 12cm) and are easily identified by their outer borders, which are filled with medallions painted in gold against an unpainted ground. At the time the folios were assembled, lines of Persian were placed either above and below or only above each small picture; sometimes these merely identify the figure portrayed, but usually they are lines of poetry that relate in some way to the image portrayed.

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