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King Humayun, c. 1650

Unknown (Indian, Imperial Mughal - c. 1650)

opaque watercolour on paper with gold and coloured ruled borders, laid on light board
20 x 11.7 cm; image: 16.3 x 7.8 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1979
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23561)

The son of Babur, the first Mughal Emperor, Humayun ruled India from 1530 to 1556 though in 1540 he took refuge in Iran. A poet and collector of books, he wrote his memoirs in Persian and brought Iranian painters to his court at Delhi. He died at Delhi in 1556 following a fall in his library. This posthumous portrait dates from the reign of his great- grandson.

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