PISHRAW KHAN (D. 1607-8)
PISHRAW KHAN (D. 1607-8)
PISHRAW KHAN (D. 1607-8)
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PISHRAW KHAN (D. 1607-8)

MUGHAL INDIA, FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY

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PISHRAW KHAN (D. 1607-8)
MUGHAL INDIA, FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY
Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, laid down on card within gold-speckled indigo borders set within red and gold rules, the margins plain, the verso with later pencilled owner's marks
Painting 4 3/8 x 2 ¾in. (11.1 x 7cm.); folio 10 ¼ x 6 ¾in. (25.9 x 17.2cm.)
Provenance
Bonhams London, 25 October 2007, lot 337
Engraved
The partial inscription probably reads shabīh-i Pishraw Khān (likeness of Pishraw Khan)

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Lot Essay

Pishraw Khan was a ghulam of Shah Tahmasp (r. 1524-76) presented to the Mughal Emperor Humayun (r. 1530-40, 1555-6) during his exile in Iran. During the reign of Akbar (r. 1556-1605), he rose through the ranks and became supervisor and foreman of the imperial carpet department. He remained an honoured figure at the Mughal court until his death at the age of ninety (Wheeler Thackston, The Jahangirnama: Memoirs of Jahangir, Emperor of India, Washington D.C., 1999, pp. 48, 97). A portrait of Pishraw Khan is included in an album of Mughal portraits in the Royal Collection (acc. no. RCW1005038).

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