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ID number:  BIRBI-47.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Anonymous
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Sultan Ali Adil Shah II
Object type:  Portrait miniature
Culture:  Indian, Deccani School
Date made:  17th century
Materials:  Coloured ink on paper and fabric
Measurements:  38.9 x 23.7 cm
Provenance:  Purchased at Sotheby's, 24 June 1947, lot 410, with two others for £68.10.0
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Painted in Bijapur by an unknown master, this jewel-like miniature depicts Sultan Ali Adil Shah II, who reigned between 1656 and 1672. Clad in a magnificent gold jama, which is decorated with emerald-green peacock ‘eyes’, he is shown at a window holding a large polished ruby. He wears an ornate turban, necklaces and bracelets which, together with the imposing head and torso, enhance the impression of regal splendour. Surrounding him is a decorative border of ornate arabesques, adding further to the radiance and sumptuousness of the portrait. Inscribed on the reverse of the miniature is the last verse of the Koran written in Arabic calligraphy and decorated with flowers in gold.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'The Indian Portrait 1560-1860', National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 March 2010 - 20 June 2010

2 Related Publications

Deccani Painting
Zebrowski, M.

1983
The Indian Portrait, 1560-1860
Crill, Rosemary and Jariwala, Kapil

2010
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