This is a portrait of a Hindu courtier who served the Mughal court under both emperors Akbar and Jahangir. Look at his bright crimson multi-layered jama or robe. Tied at the waist are several sashes called patkas. These brightly colored sashes were prized possessions. Notice how the artist indented the gold patterns on the sash with a sharp tool to catch the light.

 

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