Jahangir. (click to enlarge)
The largest known Mughal painting is to be offered at Bonhams on April 5 for an estimated price of upwards of £1m. The portrait of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir who ruled India 1605-1627 is in the style of a European portrait of the early 17th century.
Jahangir was the father of Shah Jehan, under whose rule Mughal art and architecture reached their zenith. He ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal, Jahangir mausoleum and Shalimar Gardens in Lahore.
The portrat of Jahangir is attributed to the Mughal artist Abul Hasan, Nadir al-Zaman or “Wonder of the Age”. It was shown at England’s National Portrait Gallery in an exhibition on the Indian Portrait in 2010.
The Emperor is shown seated on a gold decorated throne holding a globe, wearing elaborate robes and jewellery. The surrounding Persian inscription states it was painted at Mandu in the
UPDATE: It sold for £1,420,000 and was bought by a Middle Eastern museum.