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Mullah Du Piyaza Riding a Horse
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Mullah Du Piyaza Riding a Horse

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Description This painting, Walters manuscript leaf W.701, depicts Mullah Du Piyazah (Two Onions) riding an emaciated horse and dates to the middle of the 12th century AH/AD 18th. It was produced in India, perhaps Hyderabad. Mullah Du Piyazah, who features largely in folk verses and folk tales, was allegedly a jokester at the court of the third Mughal Emperor Akbar (949 AH/AD 1542-1014 AH/AD 1605). The witticisms of this character are directed at the Mughal elite, including Akbar himself. The painting is framed by a light green border with illuminated floral and fauna motifs.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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mid 12th century AH/AD 18th century (Mughal)
ink and pigments on paper mounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 13 x W: 8 1/4 in. (33 x 21 cm); Image H: 7 11/16 x W: 4 13/16 in. (19.5 x 12.2 cm)
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Not On View


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