Raja Man Singh, known as the Mirza Raja, was one of Akbar’s boon companions, a member of the circle the emperor called the Nauratan, or "nine jewels." He joined Akbar’s court in 1562, when Akbar married the eldest daughter of Raja Bihar Mal of Amber, who had adopted Man Singh. He was appointed governor of Bihar and later of Bengal. Under Jahangir, he served in the Deccan, where he died in 1614.
Inscription: In Nastaliq, below painting: Portrait of Raja Man Singh In Nastaliq, above poetry: God is greater [than anything else]. In Nastaliq, on verso: Today it became again evening in separation from you, and my life is finished in the longing for your face. The evening prayer came, but my beloved did not come. Oh eye, be wakeful, for sleep is prohibited. Oh master, take your place in the quarter of piety, in the street of Being-a-Lover you cannot retain your good name.
(Translated by Annemarie Schimmel, 1984)
Hagop Kevorkian, New York (until d. 1962); The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, New York (1962–81; its sale, Sotheby's,London, April 27, 1981, lot 77, to Colnaghi); [ Colnaghi Oriental, London, 1981–82; sold to MMA]
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Findly, Ellison Banks, and Glenn D. Lowry. "Indian Miniatures in the Collection of the Worcester Art Museum." In From the Courts of India. Worcester, Massachusetts: Worcester Art Museum, 1981. p. 26.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 40 (1982–1983). pp. 10-11, ill. (b/w).
Welch, Stuart Cary. "Art and Culture 1300–1900." In India!. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985. no. 107, pp. 173-174, ill. p. 174 (color).