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Shah Jahan

Shah Jahan

c. 1630

Hashim

(Indian, active 1598-c.1650)

Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper

Overall: 5.4 x 3.7 cm (2 1/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1969

Fun Fact

This portrait belonged to Cleveland mogul Jeptha H. Wade II, a cofounder of CMA.

Description

This sensitive portrait jewel was probably painted shortly after Shah Jahan came to the throne of the powerful Mughal Empire in 1628 after the death of his father, Jahangir. He decided to wear a full beard, in reference to his increased orthodoxy in comparison to his more liberal father and grandfather. The artist’s signature appears behind Shah Jahan’s nape.

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