© The David Collection

Name of Object:

Portrait of Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II of Bijapur


Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection


Hegira c. 1000 / AD c. 1590

Type of object:

Miniature pasted on an album leaf

Museum Inventory Number:

Inv.no. 105/2007

Period / Dynasty:

Deccan Sultanates


India, Deccan, Bijapur


This impressive three-quarter-profile portrait of Ibrahim Adil Shah at about 19 years of age is a unique masterpiece in every way. Portraiture was only in its infancy in Mughal India at this point, and such a monumental depiction from the Deccan must undoubtedly be attributed to the direct influence of printed European models.

Citation of this web page:

 "Portrait of Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II of Bijapur" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;dn;Mus21;44;en&id=portraits

MWNF Working Number: DN 44

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