Portrait of Kuchal Oghlan: Folio from Salim's Album


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Persian inscriptions identify the subject of this painting as Kuchal Oghlan (son of Kuchal), a Mughal courtier, as well as the name of the artist, Nanha. This work is a single folio from the so-called Salim Album, named for Prince Salim, who later became the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r. 1605–27). The album was assembled around 1600, a moment when Prince Salim rebelled against his father Emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605) and set up a rival court in Allahabad. Nanha has masterfully painted this aging courtier, who in his old age relies on the support of the staff tucked under his left armpit.

Portrait of Kuchal Oghlan: Folio from Salim's Album, Nanha, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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