Artist unknown / Portrait of Nawah General Firoz Khan / about 1670Artist unknown
Portrait of Nawah General Firoz Khan
about 1670

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Role: Artist
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Portrait of Nawah General Firoz Khan
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1660
Creation End Date: 1680
Creation Date: about 1670
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: opaque watercolors on paper
Dimensions: H.7-7/8 x W.6-3/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 80.41
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund

This finely executed portrait of General Firoz Khan, a seventeenth century nobleman and member of the Golkonda court in the Deccan, demonstrates that Persian-inspired painting flourished at Golkonda before the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb finally conquered it in 1687. The rulers of the Deccan plateau were Muslim, like the Mughals, but whereas the Mughals were Sunnis and influenced by eastern Iranian and Central Asian painting, the sultans of the Deccan were Shi'as and more influenced by Safavid and Arab culture. The preference for fine detail, polished surface, and decorative floral borders evident here demonstrates considerable Persian influence. Following the military campaigns of Aurangzeb, Mughal artists found their way to central Indian courts and perpetuated Muslim-inspired painting through the eighteenth century.

AMICA ID: MIA_.80.41
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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