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In this official portrait Fath 'Ali Shah, second ruler of the Qajar dynasty, is depicted wearing a heavily bejewelled parure and a feathered crown encrusted with precious stones and pearls. This painting has been attributed to the court painter Mihr 'Ali, one of the most prominent painters of his time and a favourite by Fath 'Ali Shah. His royal portraits capture not only the grandeur and the majesty of the shah and his court; they were also instrumental in conveying precise messages to their onlookers and so used as political tools.

 

Portrait of Fath 'Ali Shah Qajar attributed to Mihr 'Ali, Iran, Qajar period, dated 1231 AH/1816 CE, PA.18.2010