A magnificent late dynastic portrait, c.1680, of the Bijapuri sultans, from the Met's collection; click on the image for a very large scan

"The House of Bijapur
, ca. 1680; Adil Shahi period (1490–1686)
Kamal Muhammad; Chand Muhammad
Attributed to Deccan, Bijapur, India
Ink, opaque colors, gold, and silver on paper; 16 1/4 x 12 13/16in. (41.3 x 32.5cm)
The nine 'Adil Shahi rulers of Bijapur are assembled in a brilliant display of dynastic history. Dynastic memories linger, too, in the depiction of distant seas, for in earlier days the kingdom extended to the Arabian Sea and included Goa. The picture was painted for the young man at the right, Sultan Sikandar, the last ruler of Bijapur, who inherited the throne at the age of four in 1672. Bijapuri pictures are typically lyrical, poetic, even otherworldly, but this relatively late work reflects the influence of Mughal naturalism in the sensitive portraits."

-- from *the Met's own account of this painting*

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