"Portrait of Maharaja Bhim Kanwar", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Artist: Painting by Nanha

Calligrapher: Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)

Object Name: Album leaf

Date: verso: ca. 1615–29; recto: ca. 1540

Geography: India

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm)
W. 10 1/16 in. (25.6 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955

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Bhim Kanwar was the younger son of the Rana of Mewar, Amar Singh, who was forced to capitulate to the imperial Mughal forces under Prince Khurram (later Shah Jahan) in 1614. This humiliation was not to be borne by the head of the most prestigious of all Rajput families. It led Amar Singh to abdicate in favor of his eldest son, Karan. Bhim, on the other hand, joined the Mughals. He was given the title of Raja, and later Maharaja, by Jahangir and then Shah Jahan. As a staunch and loyal supporter of Prince Khurram, he lost his life in a battle with the imperial Mughal forces during the prince's rebellion in 1623–24.