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Two Demons Following the Order of King Solomon from the Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusraw Dihlavi
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Two Demons Following the Order of King Solomon from the Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusraw Dihlavi


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Description This illustration from Walters W.624 depicts the story of two divs (demons) who, out of boredom, wreak havoc on the world. Recognizing the dangers of idleness, the wise King Solomon consigns them to a life of futile activity: filling the sea with sand and the desert with water. The inscription naming the artist "Ali Quli is composed in red ink at the bottom of the page.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/24/2015Treatmentexamined for exhibition; examined for loan; media consolidation; mounted
Exhibitions
  • Pearls of the Parrot of India: The Emperor Akbar's Illustrated "Khamsa," 1597-1598. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2005-2006.
  • Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
  • Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. 2015-2016.
Provenance Muhammad Zaki, 1241 AH/AD 1825-1826 [mode of acquisition unknown] [oval seal, fols. 1a, 211a]; 'abd al-raji Muhammad Shafi', 1247 AH/AD 1831-1832 [mode of acquisition unknown] [rectangular seal fols. 1a, 211a]; Muhammad 'Ali [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [large oval seal with no date on fol. 211a]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1597-1598 (Mughal)
Medium
opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.624.94B
Measurements
H: 11 1/4 x W: 7 1/2 in. (28.5 x 19 cm)
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