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"Portrait of Ibrahim 'Adil Shah II of Bijapur", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
"Portrait of Jadun Rai Deccani", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
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This artwork is currently on display 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: 184.108.40.206 verso:
In Persian, in lower left corner triangle: The poor 'Ali.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, to Kevorkian); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, 1929–55; gift and sale to MMA]
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