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Portrait of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in a jharokha. Awadh, circa late 18th century. Opaque watercolour with tooled gold on wasli. 22.1 x 16cm
*A jharokha is the name for an overhanging balcony but this probably show jharoka-i darshan, the “balcony for viewing" which was first used at the fort of Akbar when every morning he would appear, making known to his subjects that he was alive and well., This ritual became established and was continued by his successors.
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