May 9, 2014
May 9, 2014
May 9, 2014

Shah Jahan

Shah Jahan

c. 1630


(Indian, active 1598-c.1650)

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 5.4 x 3.7 cm (2 1/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1969


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This portrait belonged to Cleveland mogul Jeptha H. Wade II, a cofounder of CMA.


This sensitive portrait jewel was probably painted shortly after Shah Jahan came to the throne of the powerful Mughal Empire in 1628 after the death of his father, Jahangir. He decided to wear a full beard, in reference to his increased orthodoxy in comparison to his more liberal father and grandfather. The artist’s signature appears behind Shah Jahan’s nape.

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