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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1953.46
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Mughal Emperor Alamgir (Aurangzeb) Seated on a Throne
Classification
Albums
Work Type
album folio
Date
c. 1830
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Northern India
Period
Mughal period
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/216553
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
32 x 24.5 cm (12 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Francis H. Burr Memorial Fund
Accession Year
1953
Object Number
1953.46
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Sitting on a gold, jewel-encrusted throne is the aged Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (r. 1658-1707). He has a white mustache and a thick, full, white beard. He wears a white turban with a gold band and plume, a green overcoat, a long white robe (jama), and strands of large pearls. He sits against pink and green cushions with his legs folded under him. He holds up, in his left hand, a sheet of paper with a black inscription, while his right hand holds onto rosary. His throne, topped with an umbrella (chhatri), stands on an enclosed terrace. Above the depiction is written, “Alum Geer”. The inscription refers to Alamgir, which was Aurangzeb’s regnal title, meaning “He who seizes the universe”.

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