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Persian Portraits, Etc.

17th Century

Unknown Artist

From the collection


Persian Portraits, Etc.


17th Century


ʿAlí ʿÁdil Sháh II of Bijapur; single-page painting mounted on an album folio. Figure stands against purple ground wearing an orange tunic with animal print detailing, beplumed and bejeweled turban, embroidered and jewel-encrusted sash, strands of jewels and white scarf. Carries sword sheathed in red and flowers in one hand. Basic blue sky and green landscape at top and bottom of image, respectively. Inscribed to left of figure and caption below image. Framed by a gold-speckled beige border with gold scrolling vines; page cut before mounted into album. Album contains 67 Deccani paintings, mostly depictions of named individuals, along with some Hindu gods and goddesses. Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper. Album bound in blue-green leather and stamped with Sloane's gilded armorial on front and back cover.
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Bijapur, Karnataka, India



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