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Allegorical painting of the Central Asian ruler Timur, with the Mughal emperors Babur and Humayan

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June 30, 1627
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Shah Jahan 1627–1658

Allegorical painting of the Central Asian ruler Timur, with the Mughal emperors Babur and Humayan

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Allegorical painting of the Central Asian ruler Timur, with the Mughal emperors Babur and Humayan, all enthroned and beneath a red canopy, with their respective chief ministers standing before them; opaque watercolour and gold on paper, painted by Govardhan, Mughal, ca. 1630. Timur (1336�1405), the Central Asian ruler from whom the Mughals were descended, sits in the centre of this allegorical painting handing the imperial crown to the founder of the Mughal dynasty, Babur (r.1526�1530), who is seated to his right. On his left is Babur�s son Humayun, the second Mughal emperor (r.1530�1540 and 1544�1545), who briefly lost the throne and was forced into exile in Iran. All are seated on jewelled thrones beneath parasols, an emblem of royalty. Before them stand their chief ministers, all identified in minuscule Persian inscriptions: on the right is Bayram Khan, with Mirza Shah Rukh and Mirza Rustam in the middle and on the left respectively. An attribution in black ink on the lower border notes that the painting was done by Govardhan, an artist of the imperial Mughal workshop during the reigns of Jahangir (r. 1605-1627) and Shah Jahan (r. 1628-1658). It may have been done to mark Shah Jahan's accession. Text and image credit: Copyright: � Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Very good information.

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