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A PORTRAIT OF AURANGZEB IN HIS OLD AGE, ATTRIBUTED TO MUHAMMAD SADIQ LAHORI

A PORTRAIT OF AURANGZEB IN HIS OLD AGE, ATTRIBUTED TO MUHAMMAD SADIQ LAHORI

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Mughal, India, early 18th Century

Opaque pigment on paper heightened with gold, inscribed ‘portrait of Padshah Alamgir Ghazi, the work of Mohammad Sadiq Lahori’ on reverse

Image 6 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (16.6 x 10.3 cm.)
Folio 11 1/4 x 7 in. (29 x 17.8 cm.)

The A.C. Ardeshir Collection, 1961

For a comparable portrait from the Johnson Album 2, no. 2, see Toby Falk and Mildred Archer, Indian Miniatures in the India Office Library, London, 1981, no. 138 ii; for a scene of Aurangzeb at a window from the San Diego Museum of Art Collection, see Edwin Binney, Indian Miniature Painting from the Collection of Edwin Binney 3rd, the Mughal and Deccani Schools, Portland, 1973, p. 95, cat. 69b; and a similar scene of Aurangzeb seated on a terrace dated to c. 1725 is in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, M.72.88.1. A further close comparable is in the Raza Library, Rampur, see Schmitz and Desai, Mughal and Persian Paintings and Illustrated Manuscripts in the Raza Library, Rampur, New Delhi, 2006, pl. 137.

Aurangzeb facing to the right is seated at a window dressed in a white jama, his head surrounded by a golden nimbus. A golden window blind with a white petal design and blue floral border hangs above his head, and a golden brocade drape with flower motifs hangs from the window ledge beneath him. The elaborate window frame is set within a white wall that is enclosed by a pink balustrade beneath the window, and a cusped arch above. The painting follows the conventional depiction of Aurangzeb in his old age seated at a window, but unlike many other versions of the same subject, in this instance he is not depicted reading the Qur’an.

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