Jahangir Entertains Shah Abbas from the St. Petersburg Album

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Maker(s)
Artist: Attributed to Bishandas (active 1590 - 1640)
Borders: Muhammad Sadiq
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Jahangir, ca. 1620; borders 1746-47
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque water color, gold and ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 25 x 18.3 cm (9 13/16 x 7 3/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1942.16a
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Manuscript
Type

Album leaf

Keywords
emperor, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), Reign of Jahangir (1605 - 1627), shah, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962
Mughal Imperial Library
Persian Imperial Library
Czar Nicholas II

Label

This painting represents the Jahangir's imaginary entertainment of the Persian ruler Shah Abbas. The opulence displayed by Jahangir in this scene symbolizes the Emperor's desire to overwhelm his opponent with his wealth and power. Unfortunately, Jahangir's ambitions were not realized as Shah Abbas captured Qandahar from the Mughals in 1622, a few years after the execution of this painting.

In 1739 Nadir Shah of Iran attacked the Mughal capital at Delhi, seizing many of the best Mughal paintings and manuscript illustrations. These were mounted into albums prepared and decorated by the leading Persian artists of the day and eventually formed the compilation known today as the St. Petersburg album. (See F1945a, F1931.20, F1942.15a, F1942.17a, F1942.18a, F1994.4, F1996.a-b)

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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