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Portraits of Indian Princes

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Portraits of Indian Princes
  • Description

    Portrait of Shivaji; painting mounted onto an album folio. Inscribed. Album contains 26 paintings of Indian princes.

    Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper. Album bound in red leather and stamped on both covers with a central medallion, spine decorated with gold leaf. Interior cover marbled.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1680-1687
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 14.7 centimetres (small page)
    • Width: 7 centimetres (small page)
    • Height: 17.3 centimetres (large page)
    • Width: 8.2 centimetres (large page)
    • Height: 19.1 centimetres (album)
    • Width: 10.7 centimetres (album)
    • Thickness: 1.8 centimetres (album)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        top left, on decorated border
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Sieúwagie gewezen
        Maratise Vor Sl. [?]
      • Inscription Translation

        was Shivaji
        Maratha ...[?]
      • Inscription Comment

        The inscription identifies the subject and probably means: 'this was Shivaji, founder of the Maratha state.'
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        on album spine
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Portraits of Indian Princes
        Mus Brit Jure Empt
  • Curator's comments

    See 1974,0617,0.11.1-26 for all folios included in this album.

  • Bibliography

    • Robinson F 2007a p.164 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2013-2014 24 Oct-27 April, BM, G69a, 'Wise men from the East: Zoroastrian traditions in Persia and beyond' (1974,0617,0.11.1 displayed)
    2009-2010 10 Oct-17 Jan, London, V&A, 'Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts' (part 12 displayed)

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 22282
    • Or. 54
Album leaf. General subject - portrait. Shivaji + inscription. On paper.

Album leaf. General subject - portrait. Shivaji + inscription. On paper.

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