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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1999.293
People
Attributed to Govardhan, Indian
Title
Khan ‘Alam, Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s Falconer and His Ambassador to Iran, with a Sparrow Hawk
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1610-1620
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India
Period
Mughal period
Culture
Mughal
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/217081
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
31.2 x 23.9 cm (12 5/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Stuart Cary Welch, Jr.
Accession Year
1999
Object Number
1999.293
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Khan 'Alam was the Mughal Emperor Jahangir's (r. 1605-1627) ambassador to Iran as well as his chief falconer. Here, he stands outdoors with a sparrow hawk perched on his gloved right hand. Red jesses connect the bird of prey to Khan 'Alam's sash. In his left hand, Khan 'Alam clutches onto a small bird, which serves as bagged game, previously caught prey which is either served to the raptor or used in its training.
Publication History

Milo Cleveland Beach and Stuart Cary Welch, The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India, 1600-1660, exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA, 1978), Page 120, 122/Figure 42

Exhibition History

The Sport of Kings: Art of the Hunt in Iran and India, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/22/2005 - 06/26/2005

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