Farrukh Beg served as a court painter for three Indian rulers — two emperors and the Sultan of Bijapur. This miniature, a type of small, detailed illustration bound into books, shows the Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II, riding his horse and holding a hunting hawk. The Sultan was a poet, artist and Sunni Muslim who upheld values of religious tolerance, including Christians. His reign was cosmopolitan and prosperous. A good time to be an artist.
Reed Enger, "Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II Khan Hunting with a Hawk," in Obelisk Art History, Published October 16, 2015; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/farrukh-beg/sultan-ibrahim-adil-shah-ii-khan-hunting-with-a-hawk/.