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Portrait of Islam Khan Mashhadi

Payag (Indian, active ca. 1591–1658)
Object Name:
Illustrated single work
17th century
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
15 x 9 13/16in. (38.1 x 24.9cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
Not on view
Portraits of emperors, their families, and other important figures were collected into imperial albums in Mughal India; this work was originally part of the Late Shah Jahan Album. Identified in the text to his left, Islam Khan Mashhadi, a vizier who served under the emperor as the governor of Bengal and the Deccan, is shown in profile with a shield at his side. He wears fine clothing with distinctly Mughal patterning and carries objects from courtly life. These objects, as well as those appearing with the figures in the borders, provide detailed records of the textiles, jewelry, daggers, and swords of the time.
Inscription: In Persian, along left edge of painting, "Portrait of Islam Khan. Work of Payag"; lower left of painting, "Work of Payag"

Marking: See additional card.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (until 1929; his sale, Sotheby's, London, December 12, 1929, no. 506); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, by 1953]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 22, 1983–August 14, 1983.

Durham, NC. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. "The Art of India and Pakistan," February 19, 1985–April 20, 1985.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Perfect Page: The Art of Embellishment in Islamic Book Design," May 17, 1991–August 18, 1991.

Robinson, Basil William. The Kevorkian Collection: Islamic and Indian Illustrated Manuscripts, Miniature Paintings and Drawings. New York, 1953. no. CDII, p. 153.

Beach, Milo. The Art of India and Pakistan. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Institute of the Arts, 1985. no. 22, pp. 27, 37, ill. pl. III (color).

Okada, Amina. Imperial Mughal Painters: Indian Miniatures from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Paris: Flammarion, 1992. p. 211, ill. fig. 249 (b/w), w/o border.

Haidar, Navina. "Visual Splendour: Embellished Pages from the Metropolitan Museum 's Collection of Islamic and Indian Manuscripts." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). pp. 116, 118, ill. fig. 17 (color).

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