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Nawab Muzaffar 'Ali Khan on Horseback

Attributed to Rai Kalyan Das (Chitarman II) (active 1715–60)

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
ca. 1730
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold on paper
Dimensions:
7 7/8 x 9 5/8 in. (20 x 24.4 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.317
  • Description

    Muzaffar 'Ali Khan was governor of Ajmer under the emperor Muhammad Shah (r. 1719–48), and was killed in 1739 at the Battle of Karnal. His portrait can be attributed to Rai Kalyan Das, the artist known as Chitarman II, after the legendary artist who had worked for Shah Jahan a century earlier. Under Chitarman II’s guidance, Mughal court painting experienced a resurgence, although the size of the imperial workshop never regained the heights of the earlier period.

  • Provenance

    Sale, Dowell's Auction House (now Bonhams), Edinburgh, 1930; keeper of the National Gallery of Scotland, Edingburgh (from 1930); by descentthrough his family (until after 2000); [ Terence McInerney, until 2009; sold to MMA

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