Jahangir Flowers Analysis

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The emphasis on the design of flowers came during Emperor Jahangir’s time period. As seen, the flowers “reflect the emperor 's intense interest in the natural world—most evident in the meticulous descriptions of the plants and animals he encountered in India and during his travels.
Jahangir is notable for his patronage of botanical paintings and drawings.” (Introduction) Over the course of this empire, the interest in floral designs increased which led to more depictions of nature in art. “So well developed is the individual types of wedding jewelry that in one charming hill tradition each jeweled shape is reproduced in ornaments of fresh flowers for village brides.
The Al-Thani collection includes some traditional forms associated
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Except for ceremonial occasions an unmarried daughter does not wear traditional Rajput dress (kancli-kurti )” (Harlan 39). Women who already belonged to the world of purdah made sure that their children were prepared for that world but also weren’t sticklers to the traditional rules. Young women were still portrayed as innocent and would learn the customs that their mother had to learn in order to serve her family. The tradition of purdah is commonly portrayed as a tradition in which that shows the domination of men within the respected religions. This mindset may be fueled by the common reasoning of the role of a woman in Rajasthani society. “In terms of behavior, a wife 's all- encompassing responsibility is to protect the happiness and health of her husband. She carries out this responsibility by attending to his needs, serving his family, and worshiping his gods” (44). What Harlan doesn 't consider in this case is the idea of removing the stereotype and looking at a Rajasthani woman’s life from another perspective.The tradition of purdah is commonly portrayed as a tradition in which that shows the domination of men within …show more content…
As the author states above, women are responsible for taking care of their daughter and prepping them for the world of purdah that awaits them when they get married. This thereby makes them a force to be reckoned within the social atmosphere of the Mughal and Rajasthani court. A mother’s job was not complete until they matched their daughter up with a suitable husband— a man of a higher status than the bride and her family. “One is to highlight the participation of Rajput women from the ruling houses in the political system” (Varsha). Political affairs for women simply meant that they were supposed to marry higher up in order to help gain political ties amongst their family members. “She was treated by her father and brother as an instrument for achieving political ends. Every daughter of a Rajput chief had to go as a co-wife into a polygamous family” (Varsha). As a result go having a prestigious title over their head,
Rajput families expected their daughters to marry to someone as a higher class—hypergamy—in order to uphold the prestige of the family as well maintain power as a noble Rajput family.

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