Déjà Vu: The Maharaja of Mumbai?

When I was at the AGO recently, taking in the last bit of Maharajas and their many baubles, I had a déjà vu of a déjà vu.

When I first visited the exhibition in the Fall, I had seen this wonderful western-style portrait in oil paint, of an elaborately adorned Sadiq Muhammad Abbasi.

Sadiq Muhammad Abbasi IV of Bahawalpur, around 1880 on exshoesme.com
Sadiq Muhammad Abbasi IV of Bahawalpur, around 1880.

I couldn’t help but think of another prince when I saw it – a Bachchan. Mumbai nobility.

Abhishek Bachchan in character on exshoesme.com
Abhishek Bachchan in character, and in similar embellishment.

Take another glance…

Sadiq Muhammad Abbasi IV of Bahawalpur Detail, around 1880 on exshoesme.com
A stare to remember…
Abhishek Bachchan on exshoesme.com
…and a stare to recall

Is it chance that brought us from Bahawalpur to Bombay?

I dare say it was a visual dance – a romance – of adornment.

Images of portrait courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum. Bachchan images courtesy of Wikipedia.

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