Mughal Emperor and Consort Miniature Portraits

The two pairs of 19th-century Indian portrait miniatures are distinguished artifacts that capture the essence of the Mughal era’s imperial grandeur. The first pair presents Emperor Aurangzeb and his consort, both of whom are portrayed with the unmistakable opulence and authority befitting their royal status. Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal Emperor, is depicted in regal attire, his demeanor conveying the sternness and piety for which he was known. His consort stands as a testament to the dignified and elevated position of a Mughal empress, her garments and jewelry meticulously rendered to highlight her prominence in the court.

The second pair features Emperor Sultan Mirza and his consort. This set of miniatures continues the tradition of imperial representation with Sultan Mirza dressed in the luxurious finery characteristic of Mughal royalty. He dons a turban adorned with a feather, symbolizing his sovereignty. His consort’s portrayal does justice to her noble standing, with every detail of her rich attire and adornments skillfully illustrated.

Mughal miniature painting is an art form celebrated for its precise detail, vibrant colours, and embellishments such as gold leaf. The artists of these miniatures have demonstrated their mastery through the fine brushwork that brings out the subtlest details in the subjects’ expressions, the textiles they wear, and the accessories that accompany their ensemble. These portraits are not merely visual records; they are narratives in pigment and gold, telling stories of power, culture, and the artistic zenith of an empire.

These miniatures affirm the enduring legacy of the Mughal Empire’s aesthetic and cultural values. The portraits are anchored in the historical milieu of their time, reflecting the synthesis of art and empire and the continuous reverence for the majestic lineage of Mughal rulers. As historical documents, these miniatures preserve the visages of figures whose influence has indelibly shaped South Asian history, embodying the artistic prowess and the imperial narrative of the Mughal dynasty.

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Two Framed Indian Portrait Miniatures of Mughal Rulers

Stock Number: 13309

Two framed Indian Portrait miniatures. Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and his Consort and Emperor Sultan Mirza and his Consort.
India, 19th Century


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height (Framed): 20 cm (7.87 inches)
  • Height (Un-Framed): 10 cm (3.94 inches)
  • Width (Framed): 26 cm (10.24 inches)



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