Mahabat Khan and Shah Jahan

Indian, Pahari
about 1850 with later color
Follower of Purkhu

Object Place: Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 25 x 17 cm (9 13/16 x 6 11/16 in.) Image: 21 x 14.9 cm (8 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper, unfinished

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings


Drawings / Watercolors


Obverse: at top, in Devanagari, sri paatsaar shah Jahan, and vadamahabat khan (the senior mahabat khan). Also, identification of colors to be used in the kamarbund: safaed(white), and ungrurkhaa(skirt) : badaami (almond).


By 1916, purchased in India by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947); 1917, sold by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, given by Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection