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Portrait of Prince Khurram (Shah Jahan)

Portrait of Prince Khurram (Shah Jahan)

first quarter 17th century

For years it was believed that this portrait showed Emperor Jahangir himself, but recent research identifies the sitter as Jahangir’s son and successor, Prince Khurram, the man who would become the supreme Mughal leader Shah Jahan. Architect of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan was both protégé and upstart, a source of pride and, later, rivalry for his father.
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
9 5/8 x 5 5/8in. (24.4 x 14.3cm)
Overall: 17 1/2 x 12 1/8in. (44.5 x 30.8cm)
Thomas D. Stimson Memorial Collection, gift of Mrs. Charles Mosely Clark
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Luminous: The Art of Asia", October 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "India, Its Achievements of the Past and Present" 1944, (1944)

San Francisco, California, San Francisco Museum Of Art, "Art In Asia And the West" 1957, (1957)

Seattle, Washington, World's Fair, Fine Arts Pavilion, "Art Of the Ancient East" 1962, (1962)
Published ReferencesSeattle Art Museum Annual Report 1946, pg 9, fig. 5 p.29

"Handbook, Seattle Art Museum: Selected Works from the Permanent Collections." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1951, p. 35 (b&w)

Seattle Art Museum Guild Engagement Calendar, 1953

Trubner, Henry; W.J. Rathbun, C.A. Kaupta, Asiatic Art In the Seattle Art Museum, 1973, pg. 112, #39, color plate, pg. 42

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