Lady with a portrait of Jahangir

Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, ca. 1600
Mughal Court
Mughal School
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W: 18.4 x 13.7 cm (7 1/4 x 5 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Long-term loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of John Gellatly, 1929.8.354
Long-term loan
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Album leaf with painting

emperor, Gellatly collection, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), portrait, woman
Provenance research underway.

Women of the court, who spent most of their time within the confines of the harem, were not frequent subjects of the Mughal portraits.  Although the young woman shown here is not identified and her likeness is rather generic, the portrait of Jahangir in her hands denotes her high social status.

Published References
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd ed. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 30, p. 157.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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