Ibn Sayyid Murad al-Husayni - Prince Daniyal Accompanies the Young Hindu Girl to the Funeral Pyre - Walters W64917B - Full Page
In this folio from Walters manuscript W.649, Emperor Akbar eventually permits the young Hindu girl to practice sati (self-immolation). Akbar's son, Prince Daniyal, accompanies the woman to the funeral pyre. The painting was part of a series created to illustrate a poem written by Naw'i Khabushani (d. 1019 AH/AD 1610) about a girl betrothed, but whose to-be-husband dies before the marriage. The painting was produced in Iran, by Muhammad 'Ali Mashhadi in 1068 AH/AD 1657. According to the colophon, Ibn Sayyid Murad al-Husayni copied the manuscript for the painter Muhammad 'Ali, the "Mani of the time," as a "souvenir." The fact that the manuscript was produced for one of the most prolific artists of 17th-century Iran makes it a highly significant document. Source and folio description from Walters Art Museum.
Daniyal (1572–1605) Mirza was a Mughal prince and the son of Emperor Akbar. He was appointed as the Viceroy of the Deccan in 1600 by his half-brother, Emperor Jahangir. However, Daniyal Mirza died in 1605, before he could assume the office, and the post was instead given to another prince, Sultan Khurram (who later became Emperor Shah Jahan).