An extremely fine and naturalistic double portrait from the imperial workshops of Emperor Shah Jahan where paintings by atelier artists were made of royal family members, courtiers and sometimes notable persons like great musicians and diplomats, often on a blue-green verdigris background. Our painting is superb in execution and reveals keen psychological insight into the personal relationship of this anonymous royal couple. Similar Imperial portraits are in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, with some mounted into muraqqa' album folios like the Shah Jahan Album (accession no. 220.127.116.11), and some as individual leaves like our own double portrait.
For further discussion on the Shah Jahan Album, see M. C. Beach, The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India 1600-1660, Williamstown, 1978.
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