Dodo van Jahangir

dodo-van-jahangir3Dodo van Jahangir
Jahangir’s Dodo
12 x 12 cm
Collection Henk Trumpie

The ‘Dodo van Jahangir’ was inspired by the story of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir who had a living Dodo in his personal menagerie. A painting of Jahangir’s Dodo was made by Ustad Mansur in the early 17th century.

Ustad Mansur was the first artist to paint both the Siberian Crane and possibly the Dodo. A Dodo was brought to Jahangir’s court via Portuguese controlled Goa and a painting of it is found in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and although unsigned has been thought to be the work of Mansur or a contemporary.

Nur-ud-din Mohammad Salim, known by his imperial name Jahangir,(30 August 1569-28 October 1627) was the fourth Mughal Emperor who ruled from 1605 until his death in 1627.