Gum tempera and gold on paper
Sheet: 7.9 x 5.3 cm (3 1/8 x 2 1/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.498
Unlike his predecessors, Alamgir disapproved of alcohol and music.
Probably painted shortly before his death, this portrait of Shah Jahan’s son, the sixth Mughal emperor Alamgir (reigned 1658–1707), reveals his sober and orthodox temperament. Alamgir did not care for music, art, or literature. Instead, he focused his resources on expanding the empire’s boundaries, which he succeeded in doing well beyond the territories claimed by his predecessors.
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