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- Previous Owner(s)
Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907
Detached album folio; Nadir Shah of Iran; single-page portrait; Persian in black nasta'liq script, inscription on the top reads: likeness of [the] auspicious Highness Nadirshah Padishah the [?]; on the side: was drawn during the auspicious visit of Shah Jahan [?].
Border: The painting is set in gold and black rulings in a blue foliate scroll, surrounded by a red and gold outer frame mounted on a cream-colored paperboard with floral motifs.
On the top, "likeness of [the] auspicious Highness Nadirshah Padishah the [?]."
On the side: “was drawn during the auspicious visit of Shah Jahan [?]."
During a period of political and artistic decline following the reign of Aurangzeb (1658-1707), the Mughal empire became subject to invasion. The Iranian ruler Nadir shah (reigned 1736-47) sacked Delhi in 1739. Among the many treasures that Nadir shah brought back to Iran were a great early Mughal manuscript, the Hamzanama (Story of Amir Hamza), the Peacock Throne of Shahjahan, and the Koh-i Nur diamond.
This portrait, identified in the inscription as Nadir shah, is probably based on an eighteenth-century drawing. The distinctive headdress is likely to have been Nadir shah's choice as a dynastic emblem.
- Published References
- 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. 403, p. 333.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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