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Nobleman smoking on a terrace

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  • Description

    A Mughal nobleman, possibly an officer serving with Aurangzeb’s armies in the Deccan, sits drinking from a porcelain wine-cup, while a youth in a flowered robe holds the hookah steady for him. Further youthful attendants stand at either side. From the refined naturalism of his style and subtly heightened palette, the artist Ali Reza seems to have been among the Mughal-trained painters who later sought work in the Deccan.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (probable place of creation)
    AsiaIndia Deccan (possible place of creation)
    c. 1670
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Ali Reza (active c. 1670) (artist)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 48.7 x 40.5 x 2.1 cm (length x width x depth)
    painting 22 x 18.3 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 18 on p. 58, p. 18, illus. p. 59



  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.

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