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Portrait of a Portuguese Gentleman

June 30, 1556
Akbar 1556–1605

Portrait of a Portuguese Gentleman



Indian Mughal period about 1600 Object Place: Northern India MEDIUM/TECHNIQUE Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper DIMENSIONS 13.9 x 11.6 cm (5 1/2 x 4 9/16 in.) COLLECTIONS Asia CLASSIFICATIONS Paintings INSCRIPTIONS Inscription in front: Two Persian inscriptions, one consisting of a quartrain relating to wine (and hence to the image of the Portuguese man drinking): Ankas ki ba-dast jam darad/ Sultani jam mudam darad/ Abi ki khiizr hayat az mi yaft/ Dar maikada ju ki jam darad "He who has in his hand a cup/Has eternal power over Jamshid:/ The water, from which Khizr found life,/ Seek it in the tavern, where the cup is.". PROVENANCE By 1912, Victor Goloubew (b. 1879 - d. 1945), Paris [see note 1]; 1914, sold by Goloubew through M. Meyer-Riefstahl to the MFA for $76,999.81 (total price for 14.532-700). (Accession Date: June 4, 1914) NOTES: Victor Goloubew was born in Russia but lived in Paris by the time of this acquisition. He formed this collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and exhibited it at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1912 to 1914 (Paull, Florence Virginia. "The Goloubew Collection of Persian and Indian Paintings." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin. Vol. XIII. No. 74. (February 1915) 1-16).

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


The Mughal Images immediately took a much greater interest in realistic portraiture than was typical of Persian miniatures. Animals and plants were the main subject of many miniatures for albums and were more realistically depicted. To upload your images click here.

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