Fragrant Quote of August 20th, 2012-The Persian Moonshee By Francis Gladwin

Credit for Shah Jahan on Peacock Throne

The ordinary diurnal arrangements of this immortal empire are conducted with such a degree of judgment, that the most acute observers are amazed in the contemplation thereof; it may therefore be conjectured to what a pitch is carried the pomp and splendour exhibited on grand occasions and festivals. One of the ornaments of the glorious surface of the immortal assembly, is the new year's throne*(the famed Peacock Throne carried away from India by Nadir Shah), which is so bedecked with brilliant stones and royal pearls, that the sky has never beheld stars so resplendent, nor the like thereof been heard of throughout the universe. On it was expended near a crore of rupees, equivalent to three hundred thousand tomans of Irack, or four crores Khany of Mawerulneher. Over the throne is erected a canopy resembling the empyrean one, embroidered with valuable pearls; and by the side of it are several other thrones and chairs of gold, with Sundalees* belonging to the Kowrkhaneh. There are also two umbrellas embroidered and fringed with large pearls; and the poles by which they are fixed over two chairs, inlaid with precious stones, are ornamented in the same manner. There are also inlaid stars, valued at seventy-five thousand rupees each, which are suspended at proper distances from each other: and the imperial throne is encompassed with rails of gold and silver. The censers for burning lignum-aloes, and incense pots, are inlaid and enamelled, from whence issues a fragrance that regales the senses of every one present. A pavilion of gold and silver tissue and brocade, elevated to the sky, is supported by pillars of silver, and silken tent-ropes; together with stately Khurgahs with walls of velvet, embroidery, and brocade, and canopies of rich silks. And according to what is suitable for different places, there are spread various kinds of large and small carpets, made of Carmanian Shawl wool, of the first quality. The royal person is perfumed with the choicest odours, such as essence of roses and essence of amber, diffusing a fragrance that exhilarates the senses of all who are present; and odoriferous Argujeh, being a composition of a variety of perfumes, brought into the enlightened presence in dishes and cups, inlaid, enamelled, and of gold, together with that species of beetle leaf called Mughee, and spice boxes of gold and silver, with silken strings, are bestowed on the attendants of the paradisiacal assembly.