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: Allegorical representation of Emperor Jahangir and Shah Abbas of Persia from the St. Petersburg Album

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Allegorical representation of Emperor Jahangir and Shah Abbas of Persia from the St. Petersburg Album

Type
Detached album folio
Maker(s)
Artist: Abu'l Hasan (b. 1588 or 1589)
Borders: Muhammad Sadiq
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Jahangir, ca. 1618; margins 1747–48
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver and gold on paper
Dimension(s)
H x W: 23.8 x 15.4 cm (9 3/8 x 6 1/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1945.9a
Label
This brilliantly executed painting from the St. Petersburg album is one of several allegorical representations of Jahangir by Abu'l Hasan, one of the finest painters of the imperial atelier.

The radiant and powerful Jahangir is depicted comforting his meek, submissive cousin, Shah Abbas of Iran. This has nothing to do with historical fact, however, and is pure wish-fulfillment on Jahangir's part. The rulers were intense rivals, the focus of their mutual antagonism centering on Qandahar, in Afghanistan, a territory and fortress under Mughal control. (See also F1942.16a)

Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Keyword(s)
emperor, globe, halo, India, lion, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), Reign of Jahangir (1605 - 1627), shah, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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