"Shah Jahan on Horseback", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
Painting by Payag (Indian, active ca. 1591–1658)
Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)
verso: ca. 1630; recto: ca. 1530–50
Attributed to India
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 15 5/16 in. (38.9 cm)
W. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Not on view
Payag worked for the emperors Akbar, Jahangir, and Shah Jahan over the course of a remarkably long, seven-decade career, and his brother Balchand was also a talented painter with whom he collaborated on a handful of paintings. The attribution of this portrait to Payag, written in the border below the painting by Shah Jahan, was recently confirmed by the discovery of a microscopic signature on the golden tip of the emperor’s bow.
Signature: 184.108.40.206 recto: In Persian, last line of calligraphy: The poor sinner 'Ali the scribe. Microscopic signature of Payag on the golden tip of the emperor’s bow.
Inscription: Inscription in Persian in nasta‘liq script:
Work of Payag
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (1929; sale, Sotheby's, London,December 12, 1929, to Kevorkian); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, from 1929]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; gift and sale to MMA]
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