Walters Art Museum Ms. W.596
Recognized as one of the world’s great autobiographical memoirs, the Bāburnāmah is the story of Ẓahīr al-Dīn Muḥammad Bābur (866 AH / 1483 CE -- 937 AH / 1530 CE), who conquered northern India and established the Mughal Empire (or Timurid-Mughal empire). Born in Fergana (Central Asia), Babur was a patrilineal Timurid and matrilineal Chingizid. Babur penned his memoir in Chaghatay Turkish, which he referred to as Turkic, and it was later translated into Persian and repeatedly copied and illustrated under his Mughal successors. The present codex, being a fragment of a dispersed copy, was executed in the late 10th century AH / 16th CE. It contains 30 mostly full-page paintings that are representative of the Mughal court style under Akbar. Another major fragment of this work (57 folios) is in the State Museum of Eastern Cultures, Moscow.
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