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Muhammad Osman Khan

Claude-André Deseine French

Not on view

In his portrait of the Mysore ambassador, Deseine lends the figure a sense of autonomy and dignity. The artist, who signed this work "deaf and mute," faithfully recorded the delicate folds of Osman Khan’s fine muslin jama (robe), complete with decorative tie closures, asymmetrical neckline, and sash. The stylized chain of flowers encircling his turban, neckline, and sword belt recalls the painter Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun’s account of another Mysore ambassador’s gold-embroidered robe.

Muhammad Osman Khan, Claude-André Deseine (French, 1740–1823), Terracotta with carved wood base

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© RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY, photo by Hervé Lewandowski