Pendant with portraits of Arjumand Banu Begum, called Mumtaz Mahal (1593-1631) and Shah Jahan (1592-1666)

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1850-1900

GUSN

GUSN-101650

Description

Pendant of a diptych miniature painting on ivory with woman wearing headdress, jewels, and blue and orange patterned garments. Male on right profiled wearing turban, bearded, and elaborate patterned robes and necklaces with the same blue background. Both figures are bordered with gold and white designs. Oval gold frame with chased edge, plain gold bail. The frame may not be original to the miniature.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pendants (jewelry)
miniatures (paintings)
glass (material)
ivory (tooth component)
gold alloy
enamel (fused coating)
silk (fiber)
Jewelry
Pendant
Pendant

Label

Mughal emperor Shah Jahan married his third wife, whom he called Mumtaz Mahal, meaning “beloved ornament of the palace,” in 1612. After her death in 1631 Shah Jahan commissioned a spectacular memorial, the Taj Mahal, to house her tomb. Margaret Duncan Phillips probably brought this souvenir back to Salem, Massachusetts.

Inscription

Note: "Grandmother Miniature/also Shah Jehan/Heavy (-ILLEGIBLE)" (Note on brown bag)

Associated Person

Shahjahan, Emperor of India, approximately 1592-1666

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

1101

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Delhi, India

Dimensions

2 7/8 x 1/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.98

Date

1850-1900 (circa)