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Portrait of Malijak Aziz al-Sultan or Ahmad Shah as a Young Boy, One of 274 Vintage Photographs

Arts of the Islamic World

The young, precocious boy pictured in this photograph by Sevruguin has been tentatively identified as Malijak Aziz al-Sultan, known historically as the passive object of Nasir al-Din Shah’s desire. It has also been suggested that he could be Ahmad Shah, the last ruler of the Qajar dynasty (r. 1909–1925). No matter what the true identity of the subject, this portrait shows Sevruguin’s skill in capturing and portraying human personalities rather than stock image types.
MEDIUM Gelatin silver photograph
DATES ca. 1890 or 1900-1905
DYNASTY Qajar
PERIOD Qajar Period
DIMENSIONS 6 1/2 x 4 9/16 in. (16.5 x 11.6 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Stamp on verso, "NOTICE: / If this picture is accepted for your publication, it is for your / use only and the following credit / must be printed underneah each reproduction. / PHOTOGRAPH, UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD, N.Y."
INSCRIPTIONS In pencil on verso, "106999"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1997.3.101
CREDIT LINE Purchase gift of Leona Soudavar in memory of Ahmad Soudavar
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Portrait of Malijak Aziz al-Sultan or Ahmad Shah as a Young Boy, One of 274 Vintage Photographs, ca. 1890 or 1900-1905. Gelatin silver photograph, 6 1/2 x 4 9/16 in. (16.5 x 11.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Leona Soudavar in memory of Ahmad Soudavar, 1997.3.101
IMAGE overall, 1997.3.101_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (65%)
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