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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Indian
Title:Posthumous Portrait of Emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628-1658)
Date Made:late 18th century; Mughal Period
Type:Painting
Materials:opaque water base colors and gold on paper
Place Made:India; Delhi
Measurements:image: 6 5/8 x 4 5/16 in.; 16.8275 x 10.9538 cm; with border (sight): 7 1/16 x 4 13/16 in.; 17.9388 x 12.2238 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.27.10
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Kenneth Galbraith (Catherine Atwater, class of 1934)
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Description:
A portrait of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan reclining on his throne above a richly decorated carpet as he looks out over a landscape of rolling green hills

Label Text:
The tradition of Mughal royal portrait painting reached its peak during the reign of Shah Jahan; this painting represents one of several formulae developed for such portraits - the emperor, in three quarter or profile view attired in rich textiles and adorned with jewels and/or ceremonial arms, is seated on a throne in a carpeted garden terrace; the symbolic imperial parasol and the halo are standard features in the iconic portrayals of the Mughal emperors; Shah Jahan's portrait, with its sensitively observed details of the aging emperor's face and its expansive landscape background, is the most inspired of the museum's group.

Tags:
exterior; landscapes; architecture; men; royalty; costume; portraits

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