Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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A later portrait of Muhammad Azam Shah , seated on a golden throne with an...

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Est: £600–800

A later portrait of Muhammad Azam Shah , seated on a golden throne with an attendant in waiting, illuminated miniature on paper, [Mughal India (possibly Gujarat), probably mid-nineteenth century]

Single folio, central illumination in ink and gouache on paper depicting Shah Azam seated on a jewel-encrusted gold throne with an attendant in waiting, set in a royal palace room with ornamental decorations on the floor and panelled walls overlooking the palace gardens via the balcony, banner above the miniature reading “Muhammad Azam Shah” in Pashto, miniature laid-onto card, spiralling floral vines in gold, with red and blue accents decorating the margins around the miniature, small ink inscription to verso, else blank, one scuff mark with loss to pigment on attendant, else good overall condition, 320 by 212 mm.

Muhammad Azam Shah (1653-1707) was the third son of Shah Aurangzed, making him Shah Jahan's grandson. He reigned as Mughal Emperor in 1707 for a mere three months, before his murder by his half-brother Prince Shah Alam (later crowned Bahadur Shah I ) in battle . Depictions of Shah Azam are rare due to his short reign, and the highly decorative borders and clear inclusion of the emperor's title suggest that this leaf might have come from an illuminated album of Mughal rulers.



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