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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

A PORTRAIT OF AN EMPRESS, A MURAQQA' ALBUM FOLIO
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

A PORTRAIT OF AN EMPRESS, A MURAQQA' ALBUM FOLIO
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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A PORTRAIT OF AN EMPRESS, A MURAQQA' ALBUM FOLIO
Ink and opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 4 3/4 by 4 in. (10.1 by 10 cm)
folio: 11 1/2 by 8 in. (27.9 by 20.3 cm)
 

 
India, Imperial Mughal, circa 18th century
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Provenance

Acquired 1980's

Catalogue Note

A remarkable, idealized portrait of a female monarch executed with razor-like finesse in nim qalam with ink and slight color on oval-shaped polished paper.  Set within surrounding borders of salmon-pink and buff gold floral-designs with decorative gold flower cartouches in the outer borders.  

The reverse of our muraqqa' album folio has similar salmon and gold border designs bearing a black ink inscription in Urdu nasta'liq: "Zan Padeshah Cheen" meaning "The Wife of the Emperor of China."  She is bejeweled with flowing robes and her face is youthful and her demeanor confident.  Her long piled hair exquisitely coiffed with a large gold, emerald and ruby ornament.  She is depicted European-style in three-quarter view.  Our empress is not specifically  identified although she does resemble an idealized English queen, making the inscription, describing her as the wife of the Emperor of China, a mystery.

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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New York