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Shah Jahan receiving the submission of Rana Amar Singh of Mewar

June 30, 1615
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Shah Jahan 1627–1658

Shah Jahan receiving the submission of Rana Amar Singh of Mewar



This scene, probably done between about 1615 and 1618, depicts the submission of the ruler of Mewar in Rajasthan to Shah Jahan. The son of the reigning Mughal emperor Jahangir (r. 1605-1627).

The ruler, Rana Amar Singh, had long held out against the Mughal forces but after a lengthy campaign directed by Shah Jahan was forced to surrender in 1615.

The artist, Nanha, has included himself kneeling at the right of the scene, sketching a portrait of the Rana. The picture was made to illustrate the Jahangir Nama ("Book of Jahangir"), the memoirs written in Persian by Jahangir, as indicated by the catchword isolated against the white muslin jama of the man depicted in the bottom left-hand corner, which would be repeated as the first word of the following page.

Although Jahangir intended to have various illustrated copies made of his book, none are known to survive.

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