Allegorical representation of Emperor Jahangir and Shah Abbas of Persia from the St. Petersburg Album

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Maker(s)
Artist: Abu'l Hasan (b. 1588 or 1589)
Borders: Muhammad Sadiq
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Jahangir, ca. 1618; margins 1747–48
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 23.8 x 15.4 cm (9 3/8 x 6 1/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1945.9a
On View Location
Freer Gallery 01: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
emperor, globe, halo, India, lion, 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

Label

This brilliantly executed painting from the St. Petersburg album is one of several allegorical representations of Jahangir by Abu'l Hasan, one of the finest painters of the imperial atelier.

The radiant and powerful Jahangir is depicted comforting his meek, submissive cousin, Shah Abbas of Iran. This has nothing to do with historical fact, however, and is pure wish-fulfillment on Jahangir's part. The rulers were intense rivals, the focus of their mutual antagonism centering on Qandahar, in Afghanistan, a territory and fortress under Mughal control. (See also F1942.16a)

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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