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Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shahriyar
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Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shahriyar

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Description This Mughal drawing, Walters manuscript leaf W.697 is of a young man, identified by the inscription as Shahriyar, who was the youngest son of the 4th Mughal Emperor Jahangir (died 1037 AH/AD 1627). It dates to the 11th century AH/AD 17th. Shahriyar is shown in profile position, which is common in Mughal painting, especially in depictions of court ceremonies. The portrait is a preparatory drawing for a manuscript painting. It may have been at a later stage that the window frame and hand were drawn to suggest a jharoka scene. The buff-tinted and gold-sprinkled border is attributable to the12th century AH/AD 18th. The portrait is inscribed shabih-i Shariyar in red Nasta'liq script.
Date Description Narrative
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
ink and pigments on paper mounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 7 1/16 x W: 4 15/16 in. (18 x 12.5 cm); Image H: 2 1/16 x W: 1 5/8 in. (5.3 x 4.2 cm)
  • India (Place of Origin)
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