Prince Aurangzeb

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 693

This profile portrait of Prince Aurangzeb (later Emperor `Alamgir "World Seizer" r. 1658–1707) was likely created during one of his terms as viceroy of the Deccan. At this time, the future emperor had established a base at the site that he named for himself—Aurangabad (formerly Khirki). This painting would have been produced by a Mughal-trained artist in the Prince’s palace workshop. This work is an important stylistic bridge between the worlds of the Mughals in the north, and the Deccani Sultans in the central plateau of India. The work is Mughal in its portrait style, and yet has been produced on cloth, a medium more typical of the Deccan, where it was produced.

Prince Aurangzeb, Opaque watercolor and gold on cloth

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