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Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah (1614-74) on Horseback

December 31, 1634
Shah Jahan 1627–1658

Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah (1614-74) on Horseback



Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah (1614-74) on Horseback c. 1635 Southern India, Golconda Ink, watercolor, and gold on paper, mounted with gold-sprinkled borders Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.287 DID YOU KNOW? Specks of gold are sprinkled around the edges of this portrait. DESCRIPTION Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah came to the throne of Golconda at the age of twelve and ruled until 1635 when the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan invaded the Deccan. Although Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah kept his position, he did so under conditions named by Shah Jahan that included the payment of tribute money, conversion to Sunni Islam, and the presence of a Mughal political agent at the Golconda court. In this watercolor portrait, executed with subdued colors that complement the gold accents, the young Sultan wears a diaphanous shawl over his richly embroidered robe. His horse is almost as lavishly dressed in decorative trappings and jewels as his rider. PROVENANCE Collection of Hagop Kevorkian (1872–1962), New York, before 1962 Sotheby’s London, Important Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures: The Property of the Kevorkian Foundation, 12 April 1976, lot 137 Christie’s, London, Islamic Art and Indian Miniatures, 15 October 1996, lot. 10 Spink and Son, London, 2001 EXHIBITION HISTORY The Cleveland Museum of Art (7/31/2016-10/23/2016); Art and Stories from Mughal India, cat. 55, p. 242. Indian Gallery 242 Rotation – April-November 2018. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (April 2-November 18, 2018).

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Very good information.


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