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Portrait of Emperor Jahangir Praying

June 30, 1605
Religion and Festival
Jahangir 1605–1627

Portrait of Emperor Jahangir Praying



Portrait of Emperor Jahangir Praying early 17th century This work, completed shortly before the high point of Mughal portraiture, shows the emperor Jahangir (r. 1605�27) praying. It was painted near the beginning of his reign and is paired with a portrait of his father Akbar, also in the Museum's collection. Although neutral tones dominate, Jahangir's jewelry and the sash around his waist are accented in red and blue. The underdrawing, especially visible at Jahangir's feet and legs, indicates that the artist departed from his original plan in the process of executing this portrait. Text and image credit: 2000-2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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