Mughal Miniatures / AKS-01

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Portrait of a Shah, son of Bedarbakhsh, in green floral robe with book and flowers
Probably Deccan, India
Gouache on paper
18th century or earlier

L: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm), 
W: 5.1 in. (12.954 cm)

Portrait of a young man facing right and holding a small book in his right proper hand, his left raised to hold a flower which his is depicted in the act of smelling. He wears a dark green robe with finely painted gold flowers, a closely fitting headband over his head scarf.  He stands on a grassy green ground with a distant horizon painted along the upper edge of the composition with a row of fleecy clouds and a red band, probably indicating distant mountains.