In his declining years, Aurangzeb may have relented to some extent for there
are paintings showing him as a bearded old man holding a Quran in his hand.
This portrait, in spite of its limitation of scale, possesses considerable
character and charm. It carries conviction in its drawing and gives the
impression of being a truthful likeness. Here, Aurangzeb is viewed through a
window; the upper part of the curtain is tied up with a cord and the lower
half falls down the frame. The figure is placed against a big bolster and
has a large halo around the head, providing a divine effect to the austere
face. The features are depicted in rigid profile with fine wrinkles
prominently painted to depict his ripe old age. To give it more credibility,
he sports a white beard neatly trimmed in the Islamic way. He wears a white
angarakha tied on the right side. He is wearing a turban of the bipartite
form, standing off the head only a little; its two parts are the actual
turban cloth and a broad cross-band as was customary during Aurangzeb's
reign. A feather of a Heron is stuck into the turban and fastened by means
of a decorative clasp (sarpech).
This description by Renu Rana.
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