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Portrait Head of a Noble, c. 1650-1675

Unknown (Indian, Deccan, Golconda? - c. 1650-1675)

opaque watercolour on paper with gold floral-decorated and ruled borders
8.5 x 7.5 cm; image: 5.5 x 4.6 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1979
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23564)

This profile portrait in the Mughal tradition was probably painted in the Deccan region, possibly at Golconda. It likely dates from c. 1670, shortly before the Deccan was invaded by emperor Aurangzeb.

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