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Standing portrait of Sultan Abu'l Hasan of Golconda

  • Description

    Abu’l-Hasan of Golconda (ruled 1673-1687), whose fine portrait is presented here, was the last sultan of the Qutb-Shahi kingdom located in the region of Deccan, central India. Elegantly clad and depicted in profile smelling a rose - a recurring formula for the portraits of rulers across the Islamic world - the sultan is best known for his rebellion against the Mughal Emperors. The region of Deccan was eventually annexed to the Mughal Empire in 1687, after Awrangzeb (ruled 1658-1707) invaded the region and made Abu’l-Hasan captive.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthan Bikaner (place of creation)
    c. 1690
    Associated people
    Abu'l Hasan, Sultan of Golconda (ruled 1672 - 1687) (subject)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold and silver on paper
    page 34.3 x 27.5 cm (height x width)
    painting 18.8 x 11.8 cm (height x width)
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    Bequeathed by Christopher T. Gandy, 2012.
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