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Caption: Two Scribes Seated with Books and a Writing Table Fragment of a decorative margin Northern India (Mughal school), ca. 1640-1650 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 2 x 9 5/8in. (5.1 x 24.4cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.153

Label: These exquisitely painted figures once appeared on the margins of a painting in an album made for the emperor Shah Jahan (the ruler who built the Taj Mahal). Illuminated borders were frequently used in royal albums, where they served to frame and protect a wide array of cherished paintings and calligraphies. The two seated men in this margin are either scribes or librarians: the man on the left with an open book in front of him is reciting to the man seated in the center. At the far right is a low desk with a cup, pens, and decorated manuscript pages. We do not know the location of the painting that this margin once framed. Perhaps it was damaged and only this element could be salvaged, or perhaps it was taken apart and sold in several pieces.

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