While flywhisks do not appear frequently in texts of the period, they features very prominently in portraits of Indian and particularly Mughal rulers. The main figure is frequently attended by one or more flywhisk bearers. Flywhisks thus became an indicator of rank, such that, by the mid-seventeenth century, small delicate flywhisks were carried by nobles as accoutrements appropriate to their position. A number of enthronement scenes in the Padshahnama show one of the senior courtiers standing behind the Emperor holding a flywhisk in addition to the two more prominent servants, each with larger examples who tend to flank the monarch. Even Dara Shikoh, Shah Jahan's chosen successor, is shown on his own in a portrait now in the Khalili Collection, standing with a sword over the right shoulder and a flywhisk by his side.