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Head of the courtier Iltifat Khan

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  • Description

    This life-size head of a nobleman at Shah Jahan’s court is a rare surviving study of a portrait from life, of the kind that the Mughal painters may have referred to when depicting a courtier in an imperial durbar scene. The artist’s first outlines and corrections are visible in the turban and the ear. This is the only known portrait of Iltifat Khan, who lacked ambition and retired early from imperial service.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    c. 1640
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Associated people
    Iltifat Khan (active 1st half of the 17th century) (subject)
    Material and technique
    brush drawing with gouache on paper
    frame 57.4 x 45.9 x 2.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 43 x 31.6 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 16 on p. 54, pp. 10, 18, & 204, illus. p. 55

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