The Discovery of the Decapitated Head of Khan Zaman, 1567
from the Akbarnama


This painting depicts the discovery in 1567 of the decapitated head of the rebel Khan Zaman. He was repeatedly disloyal to the Mughal emperor Akbar (r.1556–1605) and a reward was offered to anyone who brought his head to the emperor. Eventually, Khan Zaman’s head was found lying under a tree, as shown here.
By the Mughal court artists Kesav Kalan and Chetar Muni. V&A museum.

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