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Single Leaf from Akbarnama by Abu'l Fazl
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Single Leaf from Akbarnama by Abu'l Fazl

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Description This single leaf, Walters W.874, depicting the scene of a fatal quarrel over a prostitute comes from a manuscript of Akbarnamah (a biography of the Mughal Emperor Akbar [reigned 963 AH/AD 1556-1014 AH/AD 1605]) by his prime minster Abu al- Fazl ibn Mubarak (died 1011 AH/AD 1602). It was produced in Mughal India at the end of the 10th century AH/AD 16th. The work is pasted (like Walters W.684) on a leaf from Farhang-i Jahangiri (a Persian-language dictionary) by Jamal al-Din Husayn Inju Shirazi (died 1035 AH/AD 1625-1626). The text is written in black Nasta'liq script with lemmata in red.
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Fine Indian and Persian Miniatures Sale, Sotheby's, New York, March 25, 1987, lot 185; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2001, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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late 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Mughal)
ink and pigments on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 13 9/16 x W: 8 3/4 in. (34.5 x 22.2 cm); Image H: 8 7/8 x W: 5 1/16 in. (22.5 x 12.9 cm); Framed H: 20 1/8 × W: 15 3/16 × D: 1 1/4 in. (51.12 × 38.58 × 3.18 cm)
  • India (Place of Origin)
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