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Shah Jahan

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Lady Wantage

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Shah Jahan is depicted on a throne called at the time the 'Jewelled Throne' but which later became known as the 'Peacock Throne'. This painting bequeathed by Lady Wantage in 1921 as a genuine painting of his reign was subsequently identified as a later copy of a lost original, probably done in Delhi or Lucknow in about 1800.

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour on paper, depicting Shah Jahan enthroned, after a 17th century original.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)


ca.1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 386 mm, Width: 270 mm, Height: 162 mm Image within innermost painted borders, Width: 120 mm Image within inntermost painted borders

Object history note

Bequeathed by Lady Wantage in 1921.

Descriptive line

Painting, Shah Jahan enthroned, after a 17th century original, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal, ca. 1800

Production Note

a late copy of a lost original of ca. 1640


Paint; Paper; Opaque watercolour



Subjects depicted

Throne; Emperor


Paintings; Royalty; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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