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Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Golconda (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, the Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah stands facing right, in profile, with his right hand on the hilt of a sword. In his left hand he holds a dagger. He is wearing a green gown with an ochre cloak. His head is encircled with a halo. Background blue. The picture is mounted on card, with a tan inner border with gold floral meander and dark ultramarine and buff outer borders, inscribed above (in Persian).

Place of Origin

Golconda (made)


ca. 1650 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'tana shah'
inscribed in Persian on border

'Tannah Shaw'
inscribed in English on border


Height: 19 cm, Width: 10 cm

Descriptive line

Painting, Abdullah Qutb Shah, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Golconda, ca. 1650

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Swallow, Deborah and John Guy eds. Arts of India: 1550-1900. text by Rosemary Crill, John Guy, Veronica Murphy, Susan Stronge and Deborah Swallow. London : V&A Publications, 1990. 240 p., ill. ISBN 1851770224, p.116, pl.95.
Skelton, Robert,. cat. 72, p. 46
The Indian Heritage. Court life and Arts under Mughal Rule London: The Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982 Number: ISBN 0 906969 26 3
Sotheby catalogue 21 April 1980 Lot 145
M. Zebrowski, Deccani Painting, London, 1983, pl. 143
p. 98, cat. no. 82
Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.


Opaque watercolour; Gold; Paper



Subjects depicted



ELISE; Paintings; Portraits; Royalty; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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