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"Dervish Leading a Bear", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
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"Shah Shuja with a Beloved", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
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Persian Inscription (in lower border, in Shah Jahan’s hand): "Work of Govardhan"This posthumous portrait of Akbar incorporates the Elizabethan-derived motif of a lion and calf living in peace under the emperor’s benign rule. Govardhan, a master of psychological portraiture, has given the calf an air of meek nervousness, as expressed in its sideways glance and lowered ears, due no doubt to the proximity of the lion’s visible teeth. Cherubs above and a Netherlandish background add cosmopolitan touches in vogue at the time.
Marking: 188.8.131.52 verso:
Margin number '26' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 1929; sale, Sotheby's London,December 12, 1929, to Kevorkian); Hagop Kevorkian, New York, 1929–55; gift and sale to MMA]
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