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Portraits of Hindu Princes and Chiefs

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Portraits of Hindu Princes and Chiefs
  • Description

    Portrait of Shah ʿAbbas I of Persia; single-page painting mounted on a detached album folio. Shah stands with hands on hips, wearing an orange tunic and green turban. He carries a sword in a blue sheath. Dark green ground. Framed by plain border; margin decorated with alternating red poppy and pink tulip motif; entire folio bordered by a thin, green, adhesive strip. Folio belongs to a series of single-page paintings and drawings of Indian rulers, all of which were once attached to the leaves of the album 1920,0917,0.13, also housed in the British Museum collection.
    Opaque watercolour and gold on paper.


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1613-1619 (?)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 18.1 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 9 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 36.1 centimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 23.8 centimetres (sheet)
  • Curator's comments

    This painting was probably made by Bishandas while with the Mughal Embassy to Iran from 1613-19.

  • Bibliography

    • Chick 1939 bibliographic details
    • Canby 2009 1, p.38 bibliographic details
    • Rogers 1983a 64 bibliographic details
    • Pinder-Wilson 1976 cat.115, p.69 bibliographic details
    • Blunt 1966 Fig 79 bibliographic details
    • Robinson F 2007a p.190 (detail) bibliographic details
    • Beach 1978 p111 bibliographic details
    • Rogers 1993 p94, fig 60 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2009 19 Feb-14 Jun, BM, Round Reading Room, 'Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran'
    1976 13 Apr-11 Jul, BM, 'Paintings from the Muslim Courts of India'

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Album leaf. General subject - portrait. Sháh ^<Abbás I of Persia. On paper.

Album leaf. General subject - portrait. Sháh ^

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