Vulture from an imperial album

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Maker(s)
Artist: Muhammad
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Jahangir, early 17th century
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 38 x 26 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/4 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1948.19b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Album folio with painting

Keywords
flower, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), nasta'liq script, Reign of Jahangir (1605 - 1627), vulture, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Label

Seated upon a jagged rock, this long-billed vulture looks menacing as it fixes its beady eye on some distant target. It is a fine example of the bird studies favored by the Mughal rulers, and is a copy of a painting made by the seventeenth-century painter Mansur, who was a master of bird and animal studies. The verses around the picture compose a royal eulogy that could be applied to any king.

Published References
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court. Exh. cat. Washington, 1981. cat. 18c, pp. 181, 185-186.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Islamic Art and Archaeology: Collected Papers. Berlin. p. 670.
  • Sotheby's (London). Catalogues of Valuable Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, Comprising a series of very important Indian drawings by the court painters of the great Moghul emperors, Shah Jahan and Aurangzib, the property of a gentleman. London, December 12-13, 1929. lot 109.
  • Sport in Art: Some Wonderful Birds. vol. 1, no. 9, October 11, 1954. p. 62.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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