Gulbadan Begum, author and princess

Zoomable image at christie’s, who get all our stuff.

Princess Gulbadan Begum smoking a hookah on a terrace, 1800.

Daughter of Babur, sister of Humayun, she was highly educated (in Chagatay Turkish and Persian), and author of Aḥvāl-i Humāyūn Pādshāh (The Life of King Humayun). Yes, Humayun Nama was written by Humayun’s brilliant sister.


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