c. 1596–1597 or 1604
Opaque watercolor on paper, mounted on an album page with borders of gold-decorated cream paper
Page: 42 x 27.6 cm (16 9/16 x 10 7/8 in.)
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 2013.308
A clerk records the amount of tribute that Babur received from conquered kings.
The elegant figure of Babur wearing a pale yellow coat is shown seated on his newly won throne in Delhi just after the decisive battle against the Afghans in 1526. He looks directly at his son Humayun, who salutes him, having secured for the first Mughal emperor the allegiance and territories of a Hindu king to the south. Among the tribute presented to Babur on this occasion was the 793-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, now recut and set in Queen Elizabeth II’s crown.
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