"Portrait of Mulla Muhammad Khan Vali of Bijapur", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
Painting by Hashim (active 1620–60)
Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)
recto: ca. 1620; verso: 1537–47
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 15 5/16 in. (38.9 cm)
W. 10 3/16 in. (25.9 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
The inscription in Jahangir’s hand on the inner border of this painting states that it is a portrait of Mulla Muhammad Bijapuri, probably the emissary sent by Ibrahim 'Adil Shah II to ask for assistance from the Mughals against his rival Malik Ambar of Ahmadnagar. Hashim was a Deccani painter specializing portraits who moved to the Mughal court ca. 1620. While his use of strong contours and choice of color palette remained constant, under Jahangir’s direction Hashim’s rendering of facial features evolved dramatically.
Signature: 188.8.131.52 verso: In Persian, in lower left corner triangle: The poor 'Ali.
Inscription: 184.108.40.206 verso: In Persian, in border below portrait (in Jahangir's hand): Portrait of Mulla Muhamad of Bijapur work of Hashim.
Marking: 220.127.116.11 recto: Margin number '45' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 1929; sale, Sotheby's London,December 12, 1929, no. 127, 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.
Sotheby's: Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, New York, 1929. no. 127.
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. 37, 38, pp. 158-161, ill., verso pl. 37 (b/w); recto pl. 38 (color).
Okada, Amina. Imperial Mughal Painters: Indian Miniatures from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Paris: Flammarion, 1992. p. 152, ill. fig. 177 (b/w), recto.