Gum tempera and gold on paper
Image: 4.8 x 3.2 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/4 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.496
The pearl earring denotes Jahangir’s affiliation with an order of Sufi mystics.
Emperor Jahangir had tiny portraits of himself made to give as gifts to his friends, family, and courtiers as a sign of royal favor. These portraits were mounted and worn as jewels or turban ornaments. The carpet or textile under his hands references the covered rail of a balcony where the emperor addressed the public three times a day to hear complaints or petitions.
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