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Mughal Portrait of a Hindu Brahmin

Mughal Portrait of a Hindu Brahmin

Mughal Portrait of a Hindu Brahmin

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1.9 inches X 2.8 inches
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The indigenous Rajput culture was highly influenced by the subtle and more naturalistic Islamic style. Portraiture was technically introduced by the Mughals but later Rajasthani and Deccani art adopted it with local variation.

This tiny portrait belongs to a Hindu dignitary as it evident by the tilak that he wears on his forehead. From within the turban, the tail emerges, which is symbolic of a Brahmin. His face is in full profile, while the body is in three-quarter profile. The long straight nose is one of the prominent features, under which a long moustache grows; shadow of beard covers the chin and the jaw. His jama is stiffly tied under the left shoulder topped with strands of pearls. By painting a halo around the head of every portrait, the artist pleased the patron.

The colours used are very subdued. The turban is literally the bright spot. Though it is evidently a Hindu portrait, but evidently again, Mughal aesthetic canons are adopted to lend grace to the portrait.

This description by Kiranjyot.


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