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Mughal/Moghul Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
from the Akbarnama (painted 1590-95)

The Akbarnama (Book of Akbar) 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 death in 1605, the manuscript remained in the library of his son, Jahangir (r. 1605-1627) and later Shah Jahan (r.1628-1658). The Victoria and Albert Museum purchased it in 1896 from Mrs Frances Clarke, the widow of Major-General John Clarke, who bought it in India while serving as Commissioner of Oudh between 1858 and 1862.

1504-Babur receiving the capitulation of Kabul
1533-Humayun Defeats His Rebellious Brother Kamran At Kabul +
1535-Flight of Sultan Bahadur During Humayun's Campaign in Gujarat +
Akbar at Age 13
1561-Adham Khan pays homage to Akbar at Sarangpur *
1561-Bairam Khan is assassinated by an Afghan at Patan +
1561-Bairam Khan's widow and child (Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana) are escorted to Ahmedabad
1561-Akbar riding the elephant Hawa'I pursuing another elephant across a collapsing bridge of boats +
1561-The Capture of Fort Mertha (Mirtha) Jodhpur, in Rajasthan, by Mirza Sharaf ad-Din Husain +
1561-The Defeat of Baz Bahadur of Malwa by the Mughal Troops +
1561-The Submission of the rebel brothers Ali Quli Khan Zaman and Bahadur Khan to Akbar at Karah *
1561-The Victory of Khan Zaman (Ali Quli Khan) on the river Gomti (or Jumna) +
1561-The governor of Gagraun fort surrenders the keys to Akbar *
1562-Pir Muhammad Drowns While Crossing the Narbada +
1562-Mu'nim Khan Flees to Kabul +
1562-Akbar receiving Sayyed Beg, ambassador of Shah Tahmasp I of Iran, at Agra the imperial capital +
1564-An Attempt on Akbar's Life +
1564-The Capture of Jalalabad +
1564-The Heroic Death in Battle of Rani Durgavati, ruler of the Gond Kingdom +
1565-A meeting between the rebel Bahadur Khan and the Mughal emissary Mir Mu'izz al Mulk *
1565-Akbar Receives Trophies of War from Asaf Khan +
1565-Battle Scene with Boats on the Ganges +
Akbar hunting in an enclosure near Lahore while Hamid Bakari is Punished by Having his Head Shaved and Being Mounted on an Ass, 1567 +
1567-An Episode at Kara (Karah) on the Ganges +
1567-The Fight between Wazir Khan and Bahadur Khan Against Ali Quli Khan near Chunar +
1567-Akbar Seizes Booty from the Boats Abandoned by Khan Zaman +
1567-The War Elephants Citranand and Udiya Collide in Battle +
1567-Akbar crossing the Ganges on his elephant Udiya, in pursuit of the rebels Khan Zaman and Bahadur Khan +
1567-The Capture of the Rebel Bahadur Khan +
1567-The Discovery of the Decapitated Head of Khan Zaman +
1567-A mine explodes during the siege of Chitor +
1567-The Jauhar or burning of the Rajput women during the siege of Chitor +
1568-Akbar shoots the Rajput hero Jaimal at the siege of Chitor +
1568-Bullocks dragging siege-guns up hill during the attack on Ranthambhor Fort +
1569-Akbar's forces besieging Rai Surjan Hada's fort of Ranthambhor +
1569-Akbar directing the attack against Rai Surjan Hada at Ranthambhor Fort *
1569-Akbar's entry into the fort of Ranthambhor +
1570-Akbar Being Received by Khan Kilan, the Governor of Nagaur +
1572-Battle of Patan. The Victory of Qutb ad-Din Khan over Muhammad Husain Mirza at Gujarat +
1572-The Wounding of Khan Kilan by a Rajput during his march +
1572-The Battle of Sarnal, Gujarat +
1572-Akbar's triumphal entry into Surat *
1573-The Battle Between the Imperial Army and Muhammad Husain Mirza near Ahmadabad +
1573-Muhammad Husain Mirza Brought Prisoner Before Akbar +
1573-Mirza Ibrahim Husain Hunting, and his Defeat by the Imperial Troops +
1573-Akbar receiving his sons at Fathpur after the victorious campaign in Gujarat *
1576-Daud Shah of Bengal is Taken Prisoner +
1577-Akbar greeting Rajput rulers and other nobles at court +
1577-The Battle Preceding the Capture of the Fort at Bundi, Rajasthan +
Akbar Hunting Black Buck with Trained Cheetahs, Akbarnama
Akbar's remorse on the hunting field +
Akbar Receives Gifts from the Ambassadors of Badakhshan *
Akbar giving Audience *

Items marked * include large, detailed pictures or + very large, detailed pictures.

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