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Babur supervising construction of reservoir at Istabul near Kabul

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Babur supervising construction of reservoir at Istabul near Kabul
C. 1598 A.D.

Language: Persian Script: Nastaliq
Materials: Paper
Dimensions: L: 26 W: 17cm.
Acc. No. 50.336

This folio of Baburnama illustrates the Mughal Emperor Babur supervising the construction of a reservoir at Istabul near Kabul. The folio records how Babur had exceptional love for nature and even in his brief tenure had constructed a number of gardens and ponds besides recording information in regard to hundreds of species of birds and other animals and had ordered their protection and upkeep. The folio beautifully represents how leaving aside his horse he is standing close to the reservoir and instructing the labour engaged in constructing it.

The folio beautifully portrays a rivulet descending down the hilltop and merging into the reservoir. Two masons towards the hill-foot, and other two, towards the down-stream are engaged in paving ashlars for enhancing the walls&rsquo height while one, towards the downstream is mixing mortar, and yet another, feeding it with water carried in a leather water-bag. The artist has carefully painted the details of construction work, hills with Persian character and the entire background. Babur, his attendants and even labour are in typical Central Asian costumes.

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