The procession of Cornelis van den Bogaerde, c. 1687
VOC (Dutch East India Company - Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie)

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See also The Darbar of Cornelis van den Bogaerde, c. 1687

India, Deccan, Golconda; c. 1687
16.8 × 22.8 cm

The Dutch had had trading posts on India’s southeastern Coromandel Coast from the 16th century, but in the 17th were given competition from other European countries, including France, Britain, and Denmark.

The main figure in European dress has been identified as Cornelis van den Bogaerde. Bogaerde was in charge of the Dutch trading post in Hyderabad in the Islamic state of Golconda, and it was a local painter who made the two miniatures.

On this miniature we see Bogaerde with his Indian entourage, whose different garments, headgear, beards, and skin colour show that they are Muslims, Hindus, and the famed Rajput warriors. Some carry his weapons, others his fan, pipe, etc. Two of the Dutch East India Company’s banners head the procession.

Inv. no. 43/2008 & 42/2008

Source: The David Collection Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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