THE LARGEST KNOWN MUGHAL PORTRAIT: A MAGNIFICENT LIFE-SIZE PAINTING IN WHICH THE EMPEROR JAHANGIR (reg. 1605 - 1627), THE 'WORLD-SEIZER', LAYS CLAIM TO SPIRITUAL AND TEMPORAL POWER ON A GLOBAL STAGE
Attributed to Abu'l Hasan, Nadir al-Zaman painted at Mandu and dated AH 1026/AD 1617
gouache heightened with gold leaf on a fine woven cotton canvas, the Emperor shown seated on a European-style throne with relief decoration formed from raised red pigment, possibly lead, his head surrounded by a radiating nimbus and wearing an embroidered floral tunic over a patka and striped pyjama, with applied plaster jewellery, the circular pendant around the Emperor's neck set with mica, with jade and glass vessels at his side and carpet under his feet, the border with 26 cartouches of fine nasta'liq inscription, secondary and tertiary support backings replaced and areas of restoration, framed
including calligraphic border 210 x 141 cm.; the image within calligraphic border 197 x 128.5 cm.