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Walters Ms. W.697, Single leaf of a Portrait of Shahriyar

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Single leaf of a Portrait of Shahriyar

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Portrait of Shahriyar


This Mughal drawing is of a young man, identified by the inscription as Shahriyār, who was the youngest son of the fourth Mughal Emperor Jahāngīr (d. 1037 AH / 1627 CE). It dates to the eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE. Shahriyār is shown in profile position, which is common in Mughal painting, especially in depictions of court ceremonies. The portrait is a preparatory drawing for a manuscript painting. It may have been at a later stage that the window frame and hand were drawn to suggest a jharoka scene. The buff-tinted and gold-sprinkled border is attributable to the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. The portrait is inscribed shabīh-i Shariyār in red nastaʿlīq script.


11th century AH / 17th CE








The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.

Support material


Mounted on pasteboard


Foliation: Not applicable


12.5 cm wide by 18.0 cm high

  1. Image: 4.2 cm wide x 5.3 cm high

fols. W.697a - W.697b:
  1. Title: Portrait of Shahriyar
  2. Hand note: Written in nastaʿlīq script in red
  3. Decoration note: Buff-tinted, gold-sprinkled paper for border


fol. W.697a:

  1. W.697, fol. W.697a
  2. Title: Portrait of Shahriyar
  3. Form: Drawing
  4. Label: This portrait is inscribed shabīh-i Shariyār (likeness of Shariyār).

fol. W.697b:

  1. W.697, fol. W.697b
  2. Title: Portrait of Shahriyar (back)
  3. Form: Back
  4. Label: This is the back of a drawing of a portrait of Shahriyar. There is a late inscription indicating it is signed by the artist.


Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest


Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Catalogers: Landau, Amy; Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Conservators: Jewell, Stephanie; Quandt, Abigail

Contributors: Barrera, Christina; Emery, Doug; Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William; Simpson, Shreve; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara


The Walters Art Museum


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