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Portrait of Alamgir (r. 1658-1707)

June 30, 1658
Aurangzeb 1658–1707

Portrait of Alamgir (r. 1658-1707)



Portrait of Alamgir (r. 1658-1707) c. 1700 India, Mughal Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Sheet: 7.9 x 5.3 cm (3 1/8 x 2 1/16 in.) Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.498 DID YOU KNOW? Unlike his predecessors, Alamgir disapproved of alcohol and music. DESCRIPTION Probably painted shortly before his death, this portrait of Shah Jahan’s son, the sixth Mughal emperor Alamgir (reigned 1658–1707), reveals his sober and orthodox temperament. Alamgir did not care for music, art, or literature. Instead, he focused his resources on expanding the empire’s boundaries, which he succeeded in doing well beyond the territories claimed by his predecessors. CITATIONS Simon Ray (Gallery). Simon Ray: Indian and Islamic Works of Art. London: Simon Ray, 2017. Mentioned: p. 29 EXHIBITION HISTORY Islamic Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 3, 1944-February 2, 1945). Art and Stories from Mughal India. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (July 31-October 23, 2016).

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Very good information.


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