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"Portrait of Khan Dauran Bahadur Nusrat Jang", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Artist:
Painting by Murad
Calligrapher:
Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)
Object Name:
Album leaf
Date:
verso: ca. 1640; recto: 1530–50
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 15 5/8 in. (38.9 cm) W. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.10.31
Not on view
The subject of this portrait was viceroy of the Deccan and one of Shah Jahan’s leading soldiers. For distinguished service during the conquest of Daulatabad, he received the title "Khan Dauran." By the time of his death in 1645, Khan Dauran had been promoted to the highest imperial rank held by a person of nonroyal blood.
Signature: 55.121.10.31 recto:
In Persian in border below calligraphy: The poor Mir 'Ali.

Inscription: 55.121.10.31 verso:
In Persian, under portrait (in Shah Jahan's hand): "Portrait of Khan Dauran Bahadur Nusrat Jang, work of Murad"
In Persian, on shield: "Work of the servant Murad"

Marking: 55.121.10.31 verso:
Margin number '2' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 1929; sale, Sotheby's London,December 12, 1929, no. 123, to Kevorkian); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, from 1929]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; gift and sale to MMA]
Sotheby's: Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, New York, 1929. no. 123.

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. 71, 72, pp. 225, 227-229, ill., verso pl. 71 (color); recto pl. 72 (color).



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