From at least 1910
Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, from at least 1910 
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 
From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France 
 The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Georges Demotte by at least January 1910. See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 410.
 See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 280-285, no. 335.
 See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
 See note 3.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Henri Vever 1854-1942
Georges Demotte 1877-1923
Francois Mautin 1907-2003
The main subjects of this painting are Shah-Jahan's father, Jahangir (ruled 1605-27), and Asaf Kahn (died 1641), one of the most influential Mughal nobles. Asaf Khan's sister (Nur Jahan, died 1645) was Jahangir's favorite wife, and Asaf Khan's daughter (Mumtaz Mahal, died 1631) married Shah-Jahan in 1612. As a posthumous visual confirmation of Asaf Khan's extraordinary status and importance, the enthroned Jahangir has just offered his brother-in-law a gold plate filled with gems and a turban ornament (sarpich).
- Published References
- Susan Stronge. Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection. .
- I.N. Khan Arshi. Black Taj Mahal: The Emperor's Missing Tomb. New Delhi. .
- Envisioning an Imperial Mughal Album; The Late Shah Jahan Album (assembled c. 1650-58): Muraqqa Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library. .
- Rene Grousset. The Civilizations of the East. 4 vols., New York and London, 1931-1934. vol. 1: p. 313, fig. 197.
- Ivan Stchoukine. Les miniatures indiennes de l'époque des grands moghols au Musée du Louvre. Études d'Art et d'Archeologie Paris. pl. XXXIV.
- Pratapaditya Pal. Romance of the Taj Mahal. Exh. cat. Los Angeles and London. pp. 32-33.
- Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd ed. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 21F, pp. 117-8.
- Glenn D. Lowry, Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 53, pp. 170-171.
- Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 335, pp. 280, 283.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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