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The Padshahnama : opening shamsa (sunburst) 1656-57

RCIN 1005025.b

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‘The shamsa … is a divine light, which God directly transfers to kings, without the assistance of men.’ This ‘shamsa’ forms the opening page of a royal manuscript created for the Mughal emperor Shah-Jahan. It is both a symbol of royalty and a visual metaphor for the unity, infinity and harmony of the Divine.