The Padshahnama (or Chronicle of the King of the World) is the official description of events during a period the Mughal emperor Shah-Jahan's reign (1628-58). The manuscript contains 44 exquisite illustrations produced by 14 court artists. They are among the finest Mughal paintings ever produced.
The subject of this illustration is Shah-Jahan's accession ceremony on March 8, 1628. The artist has taken advantage of the page's format to create a vertical structure of three layers. The newly enthroned Emperor appears at the very top of the hierarchy, occupying the central position under the white marble and gold canopy.
Here he receives his three sons and Asaf Khan, his uncle-by-marriage. All four figures are shown bearing gold boxes.
The court artists excelled at portraiture, and throughout the page we can see many other likenesses of key figures at the imperial court.