Self-Portrait of Mir Sayyid Ali

Era and Location: Lahore, Modern Pakistan, Mughal empire.
Date: 1555-1556.
Material and Technique: Opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on paper.
Size: Sheet: 12 7/16 x 7 7/8 in. (31.59 x 20 cm); Image: 7 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (19.05 x 10.48 cm).
Kept in: Los Angles County Museum of Art, USA.
Sources: [1],[2].

Mir Sayyid Ali (Born in 1510 in Tabriz) was a Persian illustrator and painter in Safavid court. He was trained by his father Mir Musavvir who was a royal painter. In the 1540s, the Shah Tahmasp became increasingly orthodox and grew to reject artistic representations of living creatures. Hence, artists of his court, including Mir Sayyid Ali, moved to other places such as India, where he remained there for the rest of his life (or died in mecca during a pilgrimage). Mir Sayyid Ali and another painter named Abd al-Samad became the founders of an independent branch of Persian art - the Mughal school of painting.