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Title

Cyrus administering justice

circa 1585


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This finely painted miniature depicts the ruler Cyrus the Great, who unified vast territories across the Iranian plateau to form the Achaemenid empire. The format of the manuscript is typically Persian: the image occupies a rectangular band at the centre of the page and is surrounded by four narrow columns of calligraphy. However the stylisation of the figures and the exquisite naturalistic rendering of their faces is characteristically Mughal, showing the Indian adaptation of the Persian miniature painting form.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.37.


Details


Place where the work was made

North India India


Date

circa 1585


Materials used

opaque watercolour with gold on paper


Dimensions

23.9 x 13.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Michael Hobbs 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

334.2001



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mughals and Maharajas: The Miniature Paintings of Courtly India', Sydney, 2003, 37 (colour illus.).