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Illuminated frontispiece with portraits of Timur and Shah-Jahan

The term ‘Mughal’ (a corruption of ‘Mongol’) is a misnomer for the dynasty that considered itself ‘Timurid’, (descendants of Timur). When the two pages of this frontispiece are read together, the images imply that Timur, the great ruler of Central Asia, is passing the imperial Timurid crown to Shah-Jahan.