Great Hornbill : Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
The emperor Jahangir’s memoirs record many of the animals he encountered while on his annual peregrinations, and the reasons he wanted studies of them to be painted. While there are no notes for this painting, we can imagine that Jahangir was intrigued by the creature’s size, with a wingspan of up to five feet, and by the loud droning noise it emitted, audible a mile away.
W 14 H 10 cm | W 5.5" H 3.9"
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