Attributed to Govardhan (active ca. 15961645)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; 15 5/16 x 10 1/8 in. (38.7 x 25.7 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955 (18.104.22.168)
In the early seventeenth century, as a result of European contacts, the state portrait made its appearance at the Mughal court. The striking naturalism of other portraits is abandoned here in favor of a more idealized presentation of majesty. In this painting of Akbar (r. 15561605), the angels suggest a divinely appointedor at least approvedrole, while the lion and heifer symbolize a world united in peace under one benevolent ruler.