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"Jahangir and His Vizier, I'timad al-Daula", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Artist:
Manohar (active ca. 1582–1624)
Calligrapher:
Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)
Object Name:
Album leaf
Date:
recto: ca. 1615; verso: ca. 1530–45
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
15 3/8 x 10 3/16in. (39 x 25.9cm) Mat: 19 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (48.9 x 36.2 cm) Frame: 20 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (51.4 x 38.7 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.10.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
While Jahangir (r. 1605–27) and l'timad al-Daula (a title meaning "reliance of the state") greet each other formally in this painting, they had a warm personal relationship, for in 1611 l'timad al-Daula’s daughter had married Jahangir. By virtue of this connection, her father became the chief minister of the realm, a position he retained until his death in 1622.
Signature: 55.121.10.23 verso:
In Persian, in lower left corner triangle: The poor Mir 'Ali.

Inscription: 55.121.10.23 recto:
In Persian, in upper right corner under canopy: Shah Jahangir.
In Persian, under carpet: Manohar, slave of the court.
In Persian, on paper: God is the greatest. Nur-ud-din Jahangir, son of Akbar Shah, is Padshah in form and essence through the grace of God.

In Persian and Nastaʻliq script on a piece of paper held by the vizier:
الله اکبر/ پادشاه صورت / و معنیست ز .../ شاه نور الدین/ جهانگیر ابن اکبر شاه

In Persian and Nastaʻliq script below carpet and in the upper right-hand corner under the canopy:
منوهربندۀ/ شاه چهانگیر
Manūhir the slave of Jahāngīr the king

Persian poem in Nastaʻliq script of the story در مدح سلطاني (In eulogy of Sulṭān) from اورنگ پنجم، یوسف و زلیخا (Fifth throne, Yūsuf and Zulaykhā):
چو برق آنجا که قهرش بر فروزد به یک شعله جهاني را بسوزد
خداوندا به پیران جوانبخت که تا هست آسمان چتر و زمین تخت
به زیر پاي تخت شاهیش دار به تارک چتر ظل اللهیش دار

(The poem are from Jamī, Haft ᾽Awrang, ed. ᾽Aqā Murtażā Mudarris Gīlānī, Sa‘dī publications, Tehran, 3rd ed.,1361/1983, p.591).

A.Ghouchani

Marking: 55.121.10.23 recto:
Margin number '37' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 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]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Emperor's Album: Images of Mughal India," October 21, 1987–February 14, 1988.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sultan Ali of Mashhad, Master of Nasta'liq," January 19, 2001–May 27, 2001.

Memoirs of Jahangir. London, 1829. pp. 26-27.

Welch, Stuart Cary, Annemarie Schimmel, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, and Wheeler M. Thackston. The Emperors' Album: Images of Mughal India. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. nos. 15, 16, pp. 108-111, ill., verso pl. 15 (b/w); recto pl. 16 (color).

Okada, Amina. Imperial Mughal Painters: Indian Miniatures from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Paris: Flammarion, 1992. p. 146, ill. fig. 170 (color), recto.



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