An Aged Courtier from the Salim Album

Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Jahangir, ca. 1603
Mughal Court
Mughal School
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper, mounted on paperboard
H x W (overall): 23 x 14.9 cm (9 1/16 x 5 7/8 in)
India, Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Manuscript folio

courtier, elder, Henri Vever collection, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), Reign of Jahangir (1605 - 1627), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907


This page is from an album of paintings commissioned by Prince Salim before his succession to the throne as Emperor Jahangir (reigned 1605-27). Around the time this portrait was painted, Prince Salim, in rebellion against his father Akbar (reigned 1556-1605), established a court at Allahabad. There he employed artists whose painting style is distinct from that of Akbar's imperial court.

The inscription in Persian reads: "The old wisdom-spinner, the boastful gatekeeper of destiny, he whom they call doorman in the house of affliction."

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. p. 54, fig. 23.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 19A, p. 102.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 329, p. 277.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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