Pomegranates and Nightingales! Babur supervises gardeners in the Baghdad-e-Wafa ( Garden of Fidelity) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mughal painting, late 16th C.
The Emperor Babur, founder of the Mughal empire writes in his memoirs, the Baburnama “In 1508-9, I laid out the four gardens known as the Bagh-e-Wafa on a rising land, facing south and having the Surukh Rud (Red River), between it and Fort Adinapur. There oranges, citrons and pomegranates grow in abundance....The garden lies high and has irrigation water nearby. In winter it is subjected to a mild climate. In the middle of it, a stream flows constantly past the little hill on which lie four garden plots. In the south west part of it there is a reservoir, ten by ten yards, around which are orange trees and a few pomegranates, the whole encircled by a trefoil meadow. This is the best part of the garden, a most beautiful sight when the oranges take colour. Truly that garden is admirably situated!” The painting fits the description almost perfectly.
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