Finely painted portrait of a Moghul Princess, possibly Mumtaz Mahal


A good painted miniature portrait of a Moghul Princess, probably painted in the 3rd quarter of the nineteenth century when such items were often brought to Britain by those who had visited India or by families who had been serving there. This example is rather a central oval recess, the bevelled glass remains but the metal retaining rim is lacking. The oval image,  measuring 8 x 11cm, is in excellent condition. The overall size of the frame is 13 x 21.5cm and the metal strut stand is lacking from the reverse. This princess, possibly intending to represent the wife of Emperor Shah Jehan is shown holding a curved ceremonial sword with lion pommel and within a red velvet scabbard. She wears elaborate dress and jewelled headdress and is seated on a velvet upholstered silver throne chair.

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