A Tatar soldier

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Historical period(s)
16th century
Movement
Ahmadnagar Court
School
Deccani School
Medium
Ink and slight tint on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 23.8 x 13.3 cm (9 3/8 x 5 1/4 in)
Geography
India, Deccan, Maharashtra, Ahmadnagar
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1929.79
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Painting

Keywords
bow, India, shield, sword, warrior
Provenance

To 1929
Kirkor Minassian, New York to 1929 [1]

From 1929
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York in 1929 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Kirkor Minassian 1874 - 1944

Label

While much of northern India was under the rule of the Mughal emperors, the Deccan plateau of the south was controlled by a series of Muslim sultanates, including Ahmadnagar, which was ruled by the Nizam Shahi sultans. As in the rest of the Deccan, foreigners, or afaqis, were a major presence at the court; in fact, their strong cultural links with the Middle East, especially Iran, has often led to confusion between Deccani and Iranian painting styles. Turkoman princes themselves, possibly accompanied by their painters and artisans, emigrated from Tabriz in Iran to the Deccan in the late fifteenth century. While the subject of this drawing is a Turkoman warrior, the emphasis on the volume of the body as well as the speckling on the shield and the style of the plumed cap are typical conventions of the Deccan art of Ahmadnagar.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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