This miniature painting depicts a portrait of a courtier, standing in profile. This was the most common pose, right from the emperor to the courtiers. The pose is stiff and the discomfort of the poser in apparent in the proximity of the feet, which are almost overlapping and the way he keeps one hand over the other. Yet the artist manages to display a relaxed expression on the face. The fine lines around the eyes and the graying speak for the middle age of the poser. The macho impact of the moustache is lost in the genteel of his eyes. The turban that rests on the wise head is decorated with a pearl string and a plume. The jama is simple and so are the breeches; the patka, though is rich and heavily embellished. A couple of strands of pearls hang down his neck. A sword is tucked away in his waist band and a large black shield conceals a part of the lower body.
The foreground has scattered flowering plants. As an after thought, the artist painted an obscure hut on the left. It gives a distant view, which is superfluous to this portrait.
This description by Kiranjyot.