- Museum number
- Series: Diwan of Hafiz
Court scene with Sultan Abdullah Qutub Shah; single-page painting on a detached album folio, formerly bound in a Diwan of Hafiz (British Library number: Add.16762). Side A: Sultan Abdullah Qutub Shah is depicted enthroned and surrounded by attendants, dancers and musicians. No inscription. Side B: gilded floral decoration.
Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
- Production date
- 1630 (circa)
- Curator's comments
- Prince enthroned with attendants, dancers and musicians
Golconda, about 1630
From a Divan of Hafiz
These five miniatures, painted in an archaising style, were executed at the beginning of the reign of Sultan Abdallah Qutb Shah (1626-72). They have however, no connection with the Divan of Hafiz, copied in 1643, its other miniatures being in a Persian metropolitan style.
The key to the dating of the group is the identification of the figure seated to the left of the throne as Abdullah Qutb Shah's vizier Muhammad ibn i-Khatun, who is also featured in the Darbar painting (1937.4-10.01). Elevated to the rank of vizier in 1629, he was allowed to sit at the side of the sultan's throne. The prince depicted is therefore likely to be the young sultan himself.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Diwan of Hafiz
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Middle East
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Add.16762 (British Library number for the Diwan of Hafiz)