Portrait of Muzaffar Khan Bahadur Jung, India, Deccan, 18th Century or earlier
Lot 70
A portrait of Muzaffar Khan Bahadur Jung Deccan, 18th century or earlier
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Lot Details
A portrait of Muzaffar Khan Bahadur Jung
Deccan, 18th century or earlier
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; single line inscription in nasta'liq script: muzaffar khan bahadur jung baradar-i amir al-umara mansur jung ("Muzaffar Khan Bahadur (the brave) Jung, brother of Amir al-Umara (Commander of the Faithful) mansur Jung"). His face sensitively drawn in profile with a faint beard and thickening mustache, he wears a finely patterned gold bracade orange turban with green stripes, adorned with a kalgi (turban pin), his hands rest on his katar and sword with the shield suspended from a leather strap over his right shoulder. His pure white jama falls in faint pleats and delicate wrinkles along the sleeve.
Image: 7 x 4 1/2 in. (20 x 11 cm); Folio: 17 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. (45 x 32.3 cm)

Footnotes

  • Born Hidayat Muhi ud-din Sa'adu'llah Khan Bahadur, Muzaffar Jang, Nawab Subadar of the Deccan, he was the third Nizam of Hyderabad. His brief rule from December 1750 to February 1751 was notable for his alliance with the French and loss to the Marathas resulting in a restitution payment of 6 million rupees. He was killed in battle at the Lakkireddipalli Pass, when the Nawab of Kurnool struck him in the head with a spear on 13 February 1751.

    For a closely related portrait of a Nawab smoking a hookah, Hyderabad, first half of the 18th century, see Mark Zebrowski Decanni Painting, London, 1983, no. 220, p. 246. In both studies the figure wears a simple white jama that is secured by a patterned sash and similar turban.

    Provenance:
    Private Collection, New York
    Acquired by the present owner's grandfather prior to 1937
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