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Portrait of Emperor Jahangir with his sons Khosrow and Parvez

June 30, 1605
Jahangir 1605–1627

Portrait of Emperor Jahangir with his sons Khosrow and Parvez



Portrait of Emperor Jahangir with his sons Khosrow and Parvez. Jahangir is shown seated under a canopy giving private audience to his two sons. The emperor is surrounded by five figures comprising the two princes bearing fruit and wine, two servants and a page holding a flywhisk. The figures appear with their bodies in three-quarter view and heads in full profile. A single tree and flat green landscape with a blue sky on the horizon appear in the background. The image is entirely colored with detailed patterning on the canopy and carpet. A dark blue border filled with a scrolling vegetal design frames the image. The border itself is emphasized further with outlines in black, white, blue and gold. Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Painted by: Manohar of Mewer Mughal Style Mughal dynasty 1610 AD Curator's comments: This formal portrait of Jahangir with his sons Khosrow and Parvez and attendants gives little indication of the true relationship between father and sons. In 1605, Khosrow was imprisoned by his father for seditious activities, and his mother committed suicide in grief at her son's actions. Khosrow escaped, but was caught and returned to his father. Here, the two sons serve their father, offering him wine and fruit, acknowledging his authority as father and sovereign. In later life, Jahangir became addicted to wine and opium, which he consumed together from tiny enameled gold cups. Manohar, the artist to whom this painting is attributed, is believed to have painted a similar small royal group portrait (see Canby, Princes, Poets & Paladins, cat. no. 109). This latter portrait may have originally depicted Jahangir and his sons and later been altered to show Shah Jahan and his sons. The formality of poses and setting on a veranda are the same in both paintings. Trustees of the British Museum

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