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Portrait of Islam Khan Mashhadi

Payag (Indian, active ca. 1591–1658)

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
17th century
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions:
15 x 9 13/16in. (38.1 x 24.9cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.26
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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.

  • Provenance

    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]

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