Quite unlike Abdulla Qutb Shah and other Golconda rulers who are portrayed in various activities, the personality of Abul Hasan Tana Shah is seen only in a standardised portrait of this type. True to his epithet Tana Shah, the king is known more for his aesthetic sensibilities than for his martial or administrative skills, and hence the Kingdom of Golconda came to an end after his brief rule of 15 years in 1687 CE.

He is portrayed as a robust man standing in a formal posture holding a flower after the Mughal mannerism, and probably a tasbi in his right hand. He has worn a typical Deccani Chuga in full gold with a velvet cape, a muslin jama, a brocaded sash, turban and a shawl around his shoulders. The portrait is painted with superb draughtsmanship and delicate brushwork particularly evident on his face and eyes.


  • Title: Abul Hasan Tana Shah
  • Date Created: c. 1680 CE
  • Location: India
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Gouache on paper
  • Region: Deccan; Golconda
  • Accession Number: 43.7

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