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The House of Bijapur

Painting by Kamal Muhammad (active 1680s)

Artist:
Painting by Chand Muhammad (active 1680s)
Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
ca. 1680
Geography:
India, Deccan, Bijapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
Dimensions:
Page: H. 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm) W. 12 13/16 in. (32.5cm) Mat: H. 22 in. (55.9 cm) W. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gifts in memory of Richard Ettinghausen; Schimmel Foundation Inc., Ehsan Yarshater, Karekin Beshir Ltd., Margaret Mushekian, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ablat and Mr. and Mrs. Jerome A. Straka Gifts; The Friends of the Islamic Department Fund; Gifts of Mrs. A. Lincoln Scott and George Blumenthal, Bequests of Florence L. Goldmark, Charles R. Gerth and Millie Bruhl Frederick, and funds from various donors, by exchange; Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.213
  • Description

    This picture of all nine ‘Adil Shahi sultans was painted for the young man at the right, Sultan Sikandar, the last ruler of the line. Dynastic aspirations linger in the depiction of his forebear Yusuf ‘Adil Shah, who receives a key of legitimacy from Shah Isma’il, the founder of the Safavid dynasty (erroneously identified as Shah ‘Abbas in the inscription). Bijapuri pictures are typically lyrical, but this late work reflects the influence of Mughal naturalism in the sensitive portraits.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: In Persian; mid-left edge: "Work of Kamal Muhammad and Chand Muhammad".

    Inscription: Inscribed in Persian in naskhi script along upper border:
    شاه عباس پادشاه ایران
    Shah ‘Abbas King of Iran

    Inscribed in Persian in naskhi script vertically near left-hand frame:
    عمل کمال محمد و چاند محمد
    Work of Kamal Muhammad and Chand Muhammad

  • Provenance

    Kevork Essayan, Paris(until d. 1980; estate sale, Nouveau Drouot,Paris, June 24, 1982, lot 67, to John R. Alderman for MMA)

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