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Emperor Jahangir had tiny portraits of himself made to give as gifts to his friends, family, and courtiers as a sign of royal favor. These portraits were mounted and worn as jewels or turban ornaments. The carpet or textile under his hands references the covered rail of a balcony where the emperor addressed the public three times a day to hear complaints or petitions.

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  • Title: Jahangir
  • Date Created: early 1600s
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 4.8 x 3.2 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1944.496
  • Medium: opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Fun Fact: The pearl earring denotes Jahangir’s affiliation with an order of Sufi mystics.
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Mughal India
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: Indian Art
  • Accession Number: 1944.496

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