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Portrait of Nur Jahan, wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir.* Anglo-Indian or "Company School" at Delhi. Gouache and gold on ivory. With original bevel-edged glass cover. Circa 1840. 9.5 x 7.1cm
*Named according to an old note accompanying the painting, although portraits of Mughal emperors' wives were not actual likenesses but instead idealised types. This was due to male artists not being allowed access to the zenana, where the women were confined in palatial islolation from the world.
Ref: Anglo-Delhi NurJahan 16311-290
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