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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Calligrapher: Mir Ali al-Haravi, Persian, 1476–1545

Portrait of Abdul Rahim, Khan-i-Khanan (1556–1627)

1608

Opaque watercolor on paper

image: 6 x 5 1/8 in. (15.2 x 13 cm) 14 15/16 x 9 13/16 in. (38 x 25 cm)
Gift of Mary Burns Foss
1983.94.11
This page was once part of an album of paintings and calligraphy commissioned by Jahangir (r. 1605–21), the fourth ruler of the Mughal dynasty in India. Jahangir was known for his interest in portraiture and Europeanized imagery. The subject of this portrait, often known as Rahim, was a poet famous for his verses in Urdu who served as an important minister during both Jahangir’s reign and that of his father. The figures in the margins represent Rahim’s attendants; they also reference his literary and military skills.
Culture: 
Indian, Islamic
Period: 
Mughal period (1526–1857)
Classification: 
Paintings
Geography: 
India
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Mary Burns Foss, to 1983; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.