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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]
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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