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Probably from a series depicting Mughal Emperors: Akbar Shah II (r.1806-37). Hyderabad, circa mid-19th century. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 24.6 x 16.5cm
Akbar II (1760–1837) was the penultimate Mughal Emperor but who by the time of his reign was merely puppet to British rule. By 1835 the British held so little regard for him that they reduced his title to 'King of Delhi' and to further belittle him encouraged e.g. the Nizam of Hyderabad to assume a royal title. Out of respect to Akbar the nizam refused, giving us an indication why such as portrait as this would be produced in mid-19th century Hyderabad.
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Above: gilt detail reflecting light
Above: reverse (unknown portrait)
Images and text © Peter Blohm