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Palace Scene with Emperor Shah Jahan (1592 - 1666)

early 18th century

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

image: 7 1/4 × 9 7/16 in. (18.415 × 24.003 cm)
Gift of Lindsay Harper Makepeace in honor of LeRoy McKim Makepeace, B.A. 1937
2002.31.1
Shah Jahan ruled India for thirty years as the fifth emperor of the Mughal dynasty, and he is often considered one of the most effective Mughal emperors. He sits in the center of a vast palace complex attended by a woman who fans him, while another shows him a small painting of lovers, presumably for his approval. Other women are depicted engaging in various activities in the inner quarters of the palace, while courtiers stand outside the gates to these restricted spaces.
Geography: 
India
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Acquired by LeRoy Makepeace (1915–1990), in New Delhi, India, 1960 [Note 1]; by inheritance, to his wife, Lindsay Harper Makepeace (1926–2015), Washington DC.; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2002

Note 1: LeRoy Makepeace was a diplomat, stationed in Pakistan and India in the 1960s and early 1970s. He retired in 1973.

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