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Abdul Ghaffar Khan Bahadur

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Abdul Ghaffar Khan Bahadur

Creation date: ca. 1680
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, mounted on an album page
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.450
State/Province: Karnataka
Dimensions: 10 13/32 in. x 5 29/32 in. (26.4 cm x 15 cm)


John Lawrence Fine Arts, London, England ( - April 28, 1986)

Mark Zebrowski, London, England ( - )

P & D Colnaghi & Co Ltd, London, England ( - )

Spink & Son Ltd, London, England ( - )

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (April 28, 1986 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

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August 2021
Pearls from the Ocean of Contentment
Rulers exchanged portraits as gifts to build and strengthen political alliances, making it critical for images to convey one's power and authority. Here the presence of a single servant highlights the central position of the ruler and the luxurious setting to which only he is entitled. While local traditions of royal self-fashioning were maintained in the Deccan into the late seventeenth century, the muted tones and naturalism found in images such as this reflect the growing preferences for a Mughal mode of portraiture at regional courts with close ties to the empire.
Last Updated: 2/2/2022


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Pearls from the Ocean of Contentment , 8/14/2021 - 2/13/2022

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