Abdullah Khan Firoz Jang, or Khwaja Abdullah, was born in 1575 at Hissar in Transoxiana. He was a descendant of Khwaja Ubaidullah Nasiruddin Ahrar, one of the great mystics of the Naqshbandi order. Abdullah Khan along with his two brothers came to India in 1592 in search of employment and was able to get a job at Akbar's court. He worked with three Mughal emperors, Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan and was elevated to various high positions, though in the process he was several times misunderstood, demoted, punished and imprisoned but was at last able to win each time his emperor's confidence and resultant favour. He was lastly assigned the responsibility of suppressing Khan-i-Jahan Lodi and after he had accomplished it successfully he was raised to the rank of 6000 and appointed the Governor of Bihar.
The figure of Abdullah Khan in Padshahnama folio is not that large. Kailash Raj has improved its size proportionately. He has not only captured the minutest details, sharp features, fine lines, proportions and balance, scheme of colours, figurative grace, feeling of determination and robustness but has also caught his intrinsic personality, his thoughtfulness and above all his unique aestheticism, which manifests itself in all things, his arms and armours, choice of garments and their colours and in his entire style. The colours of garments and armaments have been mutually balanced both in contrast and in synthesis and so have been the proportions of his physique. It is an excellent portrait for both, the one who knows that this is Abdullah Khan's likeness imitated from Padshahnama and the other who enjoys it as a sheer work of art.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated on numerous books on Indian art and culture. the Miniature Paintings Gallery at the National Museum of India, New Delhi.