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Portrait of Raja Man Singh of Amber

December 31, 1589
Akbar 1556–1605

Portrait of Raja Man Singh of Amber



The Met Fifth Avenue Geography: Attributed to India Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Dimensions: H. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm) W. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm) Classification: Codices Credit Line: Purchase, Gift of Jacques L. Galef and Bequest of Charles R. Gerth, by exchange, 1982 Accession Number: 1982.174 Raja Man Singh, known as the Mirza Raja, was one of Akbar’s boon companions, a member of the circle the emperor called the Nauratan, or "nine jewels." He joined Akbar’s court in 1562, when Akbar married the eldest daughter of Raja Bihar Mal of Amber, who had adopted Man Singh. He was appointed governor of Bihar and later of Bengal. Under Jahangir, he served in the Deccan, where he died in 1614. Raja Man Singh (Man Singh I) ......(21 December 1550 – 6 July 1614) was the Kachwaha Raja of Amer, a state later known as Jaipur in Rajputana. He was a trusted general of the Mughal emperor Akbar, who included him among the Navaratnas, or the nine (nava) gems (ratna) of the royal court of Akbar.[1][2] Early life of Man Singh I He was the son of raja Bhagwant Das and his Bhagawati of Amer.He was born on Sunday, 21 December 1550. He was about eight years younger than Mughal Emperor Akbar who was born on 15 October 1542. Initially known as Kunwar (prince), Man Singh received the title of Mirza [Raja] and the mansab (rank) of 5000 after the death of his father on 10 December 1589 from Akbar. On 26 August 1605, Man Singh became a mansabdar of 7,000, i.e., a commander of 7,000 cavalry in the Mughal forces, which was the maximum command for anyone other than a son of the Mughal emperor and the guardian of Khusrau, the eldest son Jahangir. Akbar called him Farzand (son). He fought many important campaigns for Akbar. Kunwar Man Singh led the Mughal Army in the well-known battle of Haldighati fought in 1576 between the Mughal Empire and Rana Pratap Singh and decisively defeated the mewaris and captured whole mewar.[7] Conflict with Maharana Pratap Singh Man Singh was sent by Akbar to Maharana Pratap to make a treaty with Akbar and accept Mughal sovereignty. However Maharana Pratap, as a grandson of Rana Sanga, considered the Mughals as foreign invaders on Indian soil

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Very good information.


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