Portrait Jewel of Emperor Jahangir

early 1600s
Image: 4.8 x 3.2 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/4 in.)
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The pearl earring denotes Jahangir’s affiliation with an order of Sufi mystics.


The fourth Mughal emperor of India, Jahangir, had tiny portraits of himself made to give as gifts to his friends, family, and nobles of the court as a sign of royal favor. These portraits were mounted and worn as jewels or turban ornaments. The carpet or textile under his hands references the covered rail of a balcony where the emperor addressed the public three times a day to hear complaints or petitions.
Portrait Jewel of Emperor Jahangir

Portrait Jewel of Emperor Jahangir

early 1600s

Mughal India, court of Jahangir (reigned 1605–27)

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