It has been suggested that the subject of this painting is Prince Parviz, the second son of Jahangir. A companion painting by Govardhan is in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (Leach, Linda York: Mughal and other Indian Paintings from the Chester Beatty Library, London, 1995, Vol.I, pl.58, p.379). Both have the prince surrounded by four women, on an identical carpet and cushion with very similar trellising around the platform. In her discussion of the Dublin miniature Leach suggests that the present work is a 17th century copy of a painting by Govardhan which would have been painted en suite with the Chester Beatty miniature.
The same prince is also depicted by Bishan Das, in a painting now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.