- Museum number
Jahangir weighing prince Khurram against gold and silver. Single-page painting mounted on detached album folio. Princely figure sits cross-legged in a large scale ornately decorated with gold, rubies, and other precious jewels. Mahabat Khan, Khan Jahan and attendants look on. In the foreground stands a table with trays of daggers, knives, gold jars, cups and saucers, all similarly bejeweled. All stand in a courtyard beneath a canopy. Contains title above scene.
Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
- Production date
- 01 Jan 1615 - 31 Dec 1625 (circa)
Height: 30 centimetres (image)
Height: 44.30 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 19.60 centimetres (image)
Width: 29.50 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- On 31 July 1607, Jahangir, the Mughal emperor of India, ordered his son Prince Khurram to be weighed against gold and silver and other metals as part his 15th birthday celebration.
The coins were then distributed to the needy. Prince Khurram is seated on a scale made of gold set with rubies and other jewels. Before him on oval and rectangular trays are knives and daggers, small gold jars, cups and saucers, all studded with jewels. Two more trays contain necklaces of precious gems. The official beside the prince is identified as Jahangir's Commander-in-Chief, Abd al-Rahim Khan-i Khanan. The memoires of Jahangir, also called the Tuzuk-i Jahangiri, were illustrated by the emperor's favourite artists.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.145
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.145
1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.145
1976 13 Apr-11 Jul, BM, 'Paintings from the Muslim Courts of India'
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- Registration number