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Calligrapher: Mir Ali al-Haravi, Persian, 1476–1545

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

1608

Opaque watercolor on paper

image: 6 × 5 1/8 in. (15.2 × 13 cm)
14 15/16 × 9 13/16 in. (38 × 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.
Geography: 
India
Culture: 
Indian, Islamic
Period: 
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Emile Tabbagh (1879–1933) Collection, New York, NY estate sale Jan 3-4, 1936; Mary Burns Foss (Mrs. Wilson P. Foss Jr.) (1896–1987); gift in 1983 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Sylvia Houghteling, Affect, Emotion, and Subjectivity in Early Modern Muslim Empires : New Studies in Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Art and Culture, ed. Kishwar Rizvi, 9 (Boston: Brill, 2018), 11-12, fig. 0.6.

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