A Portrait of Jahangir (r.1605-1627), India, Mughal, circa 1620
7,000 - 9,000 GBP
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Gouache heightened with gold, the central oval portrait laid down on an illuminated album page decorated with interlacing flowers and foliate motifs in colours and gold
This unfinished portrait of the Mughal emperor Jahangir lacks the final stages of illumination which would have included the golden halo customary in portraits of emperors and princes. It was probably cut down from a larger painting, although pendant portraits were also common during this period.