Prince A'zam Shah Enters Ahmedabad

Attributed to Chitarman II (Kalyan Das) Indian

Not on view

This is a rare and majestic drawing, depicting the historic occasion of Prince Azam Shah’s entry into the city of Ahmedabad along with his son Wala Jah. The scene is captured in enthusiastic detail, with hundreds of figures that capture the variety and drama of the moment, including an unruly mob who scramble to get the coins that have been tossed to them. No other drawing of quite this type is known so this can be considered unique, in size, subject matter and detail, rendered with a confident hand. This sense of clarity of line and detailed reportage is greatly valued in Mughal art and here we see it at full strength, not covered up by color.

Prince A'zam Shah Enters Ahmedabad, Attributed to Chitarman II (Kalyan Das) (Indian, born ca. 1680, active ca. 1700–45), Color and gold on paper

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