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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.
ivory (tooth component)
enamel (fused coating)
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.
Note: "Grandmother Miniature/also Shah Jehan/Heavy (-ILLEGIBLE)" (Note on brown bag)
Shahjahan, Emperor of India, approximately 1592-1666
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
2 7/8 x 1/4 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation