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Single Leaf of a Battle Scene from the Baburnamah
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Single Leaf of a Battle Scene from the Baburnamah

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Description This single leaf of a battle scene, Walters manuscript leaf W.683, comes from an illustrated Baburnamah (Memoirs of Babur) executed in Mughal India during the late 10th century AH/AD 16th. The text, written in black Nasta'liq script, comes from a description of the events of the year 901 AH/AD 1495-1496. It describes how Sayyidim, Quli Baba, and several warriors were unhorsed in battle and how news of their fate reached Sultan Husayn Mirza (died 911 AH/AD 1506). The polychrome borders surrounding this page date to the 13th century AH/AD 19th.
Date Description Narrative
3/16/1972Examinationexamined for condition
12/03/1974Examinationexamined for condition
11/07/1984Treatmentexamined for condition; re-housed
  • Splendor in Books. Grolier Club, New York; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
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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Folio: late 10th century AH/AD 16th century; Borders: 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal)
ink and pigments on paper mounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 11 13/16 x W: 9 5/8 in. (30 x 24.5 cm); Image H: 9 1/2 x W: 5 11/16 in. (24.2 x 14.5 cm)
  • India (Place of Origin)
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