An Ambassador before Humayun

An Ambassador before Humayun

c. 1610

attributed to Miskin

(Indian, active 1570s–c. 1604)

Opaque watercolor with gold on paper

Painting: 20.9 x 11.7 cm (8 1/4 x 4 5/8 in.)

Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.320

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Humayun wore a special type of turban, his Taj-i Izzat (Crown of Power and Glory).

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Humayun, the second Mughal emperor of India, son of Babur and father of Akbar, is enthroned in an outdoor royal encampment. The scene recalls Humayun’s 15 years of exile between 1540 and 1555, many of which he spent traveling through Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, after an Afghan rebel ousted him from India.

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