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Details & Cataloguing

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An album page with four portraits, India, Mughal, 18th century
gouache with gold on paper, mounted on an album page with gold-decorated borders, reverse with 5 lines of nasta'liq calligraphy, signed by 'Abd al-Rahim
painting: 29.3 by 18.5cm.
leaf: 42 by 29cm.
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Provenance

Ex-collection Joe and Hellen Darion, New York.
Acquired from the Olsen Foundation, Bridgeport, Conn.

Exhibited

Olsen Travelling Exhibition, Persian Miniature no.102 (label on reverse of frame)
On loan:
North Carolina Museum of Art, 1962 (loan number Olsen Persian Miniature TL.62.10.102, label on reverse of frame).

Catalogue Note

The upper right portrait depicts Shah Jahan. The nobleman at the upper left is identified in the inscription above as Shakr Khan Bahadur. His likeness appears in an early eighteenth-century work in the British Library (India Office Collections, Johnson Album 4, no.28, see Falk and Archer 1981, no.149, pp.106, 418). The lower right image of a lady under a tree holding garlands of flowers may relate to Ragamala iconography, perhaps Kakubha or Gauri Ragini.

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