The burning of the Rajput women during the siege of Chitor

The burning of the Rajput women during the siege of Chitor

Painting from the Akbarnama
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Possibly Delhi, Agra or Fatehpur Sikri, India
1590-1595
Museum no. IS.2:67-1896

This painting shows the burning (jauhar) of the Rajput women following the fall of the fortress of Chitor in 1568. The women preferred to be burned to death rather than being captured by the enemy. It is thought that as many as three hundred women died during this event.

This page is thought to be from the first illustrated copy of the Akbarnama. It drew upon the expertise of some of the best royal painters of the time, many of whom receive special mention by Abu'l Fazl in the A'in-i-Akbari, the third book of the Akbarnama. The inscriptions in red ink on the bottom of the paintings refer to the artists and indicate that this was a royal copy.