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Portrait of Shah Dawlat, by Bichitr

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dc.contributor.authorChester Beatty Library
dc.contributor.authorPhotographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
dc.identifierANUA 682-3021
dc.descriptionThe celebrated Muhammadan saint, Shah Daulat, lived during the reigns of Jahangir, Shah Jahan, and Aurangzeb, and was shown marked reverence by all three. He was credited with magical powers. The painting was formerly included in a remarkable album belonging to Jahangir and Shah Jahan, which was later in the possession of Lord Minto. It contained some forty paintings by the leading Court artists. Half of these are in the Victoria & Albert Museum and half now belong to Mr. Chester Beatty. To the right is a Persian inscription, 'The servant of the Royal Court'. The emblem carried by S.D. may indicate his devotion to the Emperor. The globe is inscribed in Persian, 'The key of the victory over the two worlds is entrusted to they hand'. The portrait is an impressive example of the art as it developed towards the middle of the 17th century, and especially the mastery of facial expression obtained. Strongly influenced by Europe, this delicate portraiture yet retains some traces of indigenous convention. Almost all the portraits, for instance, are in profile or near profile as regards the face & feet, while the body is shown in three-quarter profile.
dc.subjectJahangir Album (Chester Beatty MS.7)
dc.titlePortrait of Shah Dawlat, by Bichitr
local.description.notesChester Beatty MS. 7, No. 14
dc.provenanceDigitised by the Australian National University in 2019
dc.rights.licenseThis item is provided for research purposes. Contact the Australian National University Archives at for permission to use.
CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham


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