Portrait of Emperor Shah Jahan Artist: Unknown

ca. 1680

Asian Art

Individualized portraiture flourished in Mughal India beginning in the seventeenth century, even as more traditional, idealized ways of depicting facial features remained in practice. Here, an aging Shah Jahan is shown with a halo—a symbol of divinely ordained royalty.

Medium

Opaque watercolor on paper

Dimensions

6 × 3 1/4 in. (15.2 × 8.3 cm)

Credit Line

Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore

Accession Number

1955.7.32

Geography
Culture
Period

Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore) (1858–1955), New York; bequeathed to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1955
Bibliography
  • Francois Valentijn, Oud en nieuw Oost-Indien, vervattende een naaukeurige en uitvoerige verhandelinge van Nederlands mogentheyd in die gewesten, benevens e, Dordrecht, 1724–1726 (Amsterdam: Tweede Uitgave, 1862), fig. 12
  • Kishwar Rizvi, "Islamic Art at the Yale University Art Gallery," Arts of Asia (March–April 2018), 102, fig. 18
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Additional information

Object/Work type

human figures (visual works), portraits

Subject

emperors

Signed

signed LL

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