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Portraits of Indian Princes

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1974,0617,0.11.12

  • 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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1680-1687
  • Production place

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  • 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
      • Inscription Script

        Latin
      • Inscription Position

        top left, on decorated border
      • Inscription Language

        German
      • 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

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on album spine
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        Portraits of Indian Princes
        Mus Brit Jure Empt
        22,282
  • 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

    Exhibited:

    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

    1974

  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1974,0617,0.11.12

  • 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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