Portrait of Nadir Shah

Portrait of Nadir Shah

c. 1760
Locale
Jaipur, India
Country
India
Style/Tradition
Rajput style
painting, manuscript
Gift of the Edna Hadley Collection
1968.9
. Portrait of Nadir Shah. c. 1760. Gift of the Edna Hadley Collection. 1968.9.
Dimensions
height: 9 1/2 in, 24.13 cm; width: 6 5/8 in, 16.8275 cm; mat height: 19 1/4 in, 48.895 cm; mat width: 14 1/2 in, 36.83 cm; window height: 8 3/4 in, 22.225 cm; window width: 5 3/4 in, 14.605 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Nadir Shah Seated on Throne
About 1760, Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Delhi or perhaps Jaipur, India
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Gift of the Edna Hadley Collection
1968.9

The Persian ruler Nadir Shah (reigned 1736–1747) led a successful invasion of India in 1739, defeating the Mughal ruler Muhammad Shah at the battle of Karnal. In this painting, Nadir Shah wears a Persian coat and conical headdress, both of which attest to his foreign origin. This portrait, along with many others from the same period, may have been commissioned by Nadir Shah to memorialize his victory.