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
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.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (2/24/02-05/19/02): "Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals"Indian Miniature Rotation (Gallery 115); February 4 - August 5, 2003.Indian Miniature Rotation (Gallery 115); February 20 - August 18, 2004.The Cleveland Museum of Art (7/31-10/23/2016): "Art and Stories from Mughal India"J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (3/13/2018 - 6/24/2018): 'Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India", Plate 17, p. 95.
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