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Portrait of Abu'l Hasan, the Last Sultan of Golconda


Asian Art

On View: Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
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.
ARTIST Minuchihr
MEDIUM Opaque watercolors and gold on paper
DATES late 17th–early 18th century
DIMENSIONS 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)
INSCRIPTIONS Signature at lower left reads: "Amal Minuchihr" ("a work of Minuchihr")
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 86.227.50_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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