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Nadir Shah, of Persia, with his Chief Minister, c. 1675-1700

Unknown (Indian, Deccan, Golconda - 1675-1700)

opaque watercolour on paper with gold and coloured ruled borders, laid on board
24 x 16.9 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1979
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23574)

Tahmasp Qulî Khân (1687-1747), a native of Central Asia, became emperor of Iran in 1736 under the name Nadir Shah. In the eleven years of his reign he invaded India, conquered Delhi and looted the imperial library and the famous Peacock Throne of the Mughal emperors. In this portrait, possibly painted at Golconda, the minister is shown offering the emperor three books.

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