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Painting; portrait of a prince standing opposite a page. The page holds a flower branch in one hand, while clutching his belt in the other. Both figures stand against a hilly landscape comprised of a single tree and bushes. No inscription. Painted in gouache on paper and Indian mount. Calligraphy on verso.
- Production date
- 1540-1550 (between)
Height: 24 centimetres (calligraphy)
Height: 36.20 centimetres (painting)
Height: 43.70 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 19.40 centimetres (calligraphy)
Width: 26 centimetres (painting)
Width: 30.50 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- Before his enthusiastic departure for India and service at the court of Humayun, the Persian artist and son of Mir Musavvir, Mir Sayyid 'Ali, had contributed to two major Safavid royal manuscripts. His accurate depiction of the material world seemingly appealed to the Mughal sultan. In this double portrait, Mir Sayyid 'Ali altered the men's physiques, making them slimmer, perhaps to appeal to his new patron.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
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