Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1924.93
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Portrait of Nawab Da’ud Khan with Falcon
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1756
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/216724
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
20 x 11.3 cm (7 7/8 x 4 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Language: Arabic
    Script: Nasta‘liq
    Nawab Daud Khan, Sanat 1169 A.H. (A.D. 1756)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Denman W. Ross
Accession Year
1924
Object Number
1924.93
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.
Descriptions
Description
Standing facing right is Nawab Daud Khan. He bears a dark mustache and a thick, full, dark beard. He wears a white turban, a long white robe (jama), a white waist sash (patka), white trousers, and brown slippers. Tucked into his waist sash is a punch-dagger (katar). He holds in his right hand a white scarf. A peregrine falcon perches on his left hand which is protected by a brown falconer’s glove. A small pendant hangs around the falcon’s neck, while red jess strings hang from its feet. The Nawab stands against a gold background with a thin strip of horizon at the top. Just under the red horizon is an inscription in Arabic identifying the figure as “Nawab Daud Khan” and providing the date of 1169 A.H. or A.D. 1756. “Nawab Daud Khan” may be referring to Daud Khan Panni (d. 1715) who was a Mughal commander under Aurangzeb (r. 1656-1707), Nawab of the Carnatic (a dependency of Hyderabad), and later in his life, the Viceroy of Deccan. He was originally from Bijapur, Karnataka.

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu