W.697, Single leaf of a Portrait of Shahriyar
This Mughal drawing is of a young man, identified by the inscription as Shahriyār, who was the youngest son of the fourth Mughal Emperor Jahāngīr (d. 1037 AH / 1627 CE). It dates to the eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE. Shahriyār is shown in profile position, which is common in Mughal painting, especially in depictions of court ceremonies. The portrait is a preparatory drawing for a manuscript painting. It may have been at a later stage that the window frame and hand were drawn to suggest a jharoka scene. The buff-tinted and gold-sprinkled border is attributable to the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. The portrait is inscribed shabīh-i Shariyār in red nastaʿlīq script.
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