This portrait of the Mughal emperor Akbar is painted in strident, vibrant
and expressive colours. Set against a striped bolster, Akbar stands elegantly holding a falcon on his wrist.
The green jama with floral embroidery is off set by a red patka. The
attire is completed by a small turban with a 'kalgi' and 'sarpech' and a
plume. Other ornaments won by him are simpler and non descript. The falcon
too wears a pendant on a string. The ferocity of the bird is reflected in
the curve of its beak and its narrow eyes. In total contrast is the gentle
expression of the king's face. The rounded face has gentle eyes, a shapely
nose and though the lips are not smiling, they do not look grim either.
There is subtle modelling of the features, so essential to the life and
character of the person depicted. It is a remarkable portrait painted with
restrained manual dexterity and brilliant colours.
This description by Renu Rana.
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