Portrait of Abu'l Hasan, the Last Sultan of Golconda
This portrait depicts Abu'l Hasan, the last sultan of the Qutb-Shahi dynasty of Golconda, a kingdom in the Deccan (central southern India) that was much celebrated for its refusal to bow to the Mughal emperors. The sultan is shown with a radiant gold nimbus, a convention of Deccani portraits of rulers. The Mughals finally conquered Golconda after a long siege, and Abu'l Hasan spent the last 17 years of his life in confinement. It is likely that this portrait was created after his death; it clearly celebrates him as a great ruler rather than as a defeated captive. This painting has lost the decorative margin papers that once framed it, leaving the blank edges of the page visible.
Opaque watercolors and gold on paper
late 17th-early 18th century
sheet: 11 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. (29.8 x 19.4 cm)
image: 8 x 5 1/4 in. (20.3 x 13.3 cm) (show scale)
Signature at lower left reads: "Amal Minuchihr" ("a work of Minuchihr")
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Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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Minuchihr. Portrait of Abu'l Hasan, the Last Sultan of Golconda, late 17th-early 18th century. Opaque watercolors and gold on paper, sheet: 11 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. (29.8 x 19.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.50 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.227.50_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
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