Delhi Durbar of Akbar II
- Subject: Mughal Miniature Painting
- Paint Material: Opaque watercolors
- Base Material: Faux (synthetic) ivory (unframed) (matted)
- Size: 9 in. wide and 12 in. tall. (23 cms X 30.5 cms)
- Age: Modern Handmade Art
- Country of origin: India
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This dazzling Indian miniature depicts the second-to-last of the Mughal emperors, Akbar II (ruled 1806-1837), seated upon a peacock throne within a golden pavilion at his audience hall (Durbar) in Delhi. The painting represents an image of Mughal power and the resplendence of Akbar’s court, with sumptuous costumes, bejeweled throne, luxurious textiles, and inlayed and gilded columns and arches.
The occasion is a durbar, an imperial audience or state reception where it was the duty of all officials to appear, including the emperor’s sons-the future Bahadur Shah, the last Mughal emperor, stands on Akbar’s right and Mirza Jahangir on his left. Also depicted in the audience is the British Resident, Sir David Ochterlony (1758-1825), easily identified by his military bicorne hat.
The scene likely took place in 1820 during the tenure of Ochterlony, who served as the British Resident of Delhi from 1818-22. Despite the declining power of the Mughal emperors and the increasing influence of the British in India, this painting depicts the British dignitary in a position subservient to the emperor.
Paintings like this one commemorating state functions were produced in the court school of painters as souvenirs presented to high dignitaries and the emperor’s guests at the durbar.
This artwork has been painted by Mr. Suresh Lohar, who is an award winning Mughal miniature artist from Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
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Note: Faux (or artificial) ivory is a special polymer clay with the characteristics of real ivory. Faux ivory sheets have a natural ivory grain pattern and are used for painting, molding and carving. An environmentally friendly alternative to real ivory.