This is a portrait of Jahangir with a globe, and below appears a portrait of Jesus. At first, it seems the intention was to portray both together, but actually these are two separate pictures done by two separate artists and then reassembled together on one page. Jahangir is shown in an architectural setting. Notice how the carpet appears to withhold the audience out of a window. The words above him read, “Hail, O Helper of the Poor.”To the modern viewer, this imagery suggests a willingness to consider all faiths. During this time period, Jesus was considered a prophet and a model of charity within the Muslim faith, thus not out of place within a Muslim context. The artist portraying Jesus is clearly interested in the treatment of the figure, especially the head in three-quarters profile, which is in contrast to the more traditional side profile typical of Mughal portraiture.

 

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