The darbar of Akbar Shah II Delhi, mid-to-late 19th century

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Lot 121
The darbar of Akbar Shah II
Delhi, mid-to-late 19th century

Sold for US$ 6,875 inc. premium
The darbar of Akbar Shah II
Delhi, mid-to-late 19th century
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; Akbar Shah seated on the peacock throne with his sons and courtiers in brightly colored garments in attendance; inscribed top border in nastaliq: "Sultan ibn Sultan, Provider of Virtues, [our] Real Benefactor [and] Virtual Lord, Abu Nasr Mo'in al-Din Mohammad Akbar Shah, the Warrior of the Faith".
6 1/2 x 5 1/8 in. (16.6 x 13.1)

Footnotes

  • Among those in attendance on the left are Shadi Rama, Raja Ram, Qalandar Ali Khan, Shah Haji, Bakhshi Mahmud Khan, Mirza Abul Muzaffar Muhammad Bahadur, Mirza Salim Bahadur, Mustaufi AllahYar Khan, Nawab Muhammad Mir Jahan, Khwajah Farid ud-daula, and Sir David Ochterlony. On the right, Mirza Darab Khan, Shahzadeh Mirza Jahan Khusrow, Shahzadeh Mirza Bulokhi, Nawab Mamad Mir Khan, Nawab Hisamudin Khan, and Nawab Mir Haidar Ali Khan.

    A popular scene for British patrons, three other examples are in the British Library, the National Museum in New Delhi, and the City Palace Museum in Alwar. (See Losty & Roy, Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire, London, 2012, pp.210-211; Fragrance in Colour, New Delhi, 2003, p.67; and Singh, Museums of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 2009, pp. 44-5.) Also see Sotheby's, New York, 16/17 March 1988, lot 500.

    Provenance:
    Private Collection, California since 1960s
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