Thursday, April 5, 2012

Gold Leaf Paintings from Agra, India - Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan

I was taking the top photo as my older son was getting the fabric paints down earlier today to make a shirt.  While taking them, I was again struck by the beauty of the gold leaf paintings in my office.  I bought these in India in1998 from a street vendor.  I am so grateful they are still in my possession!

The one on the left is Mumtaz Mahal, the woman for whom the emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.  It is her final resting place and took him 22 years to build.  Talk about a sign of his adoration!

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