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An image of Cyrus administering justice by

North India, India

Cyrus administering justice
Place of origin
North IndiaIndia
Mughal Empire circa 1526 - 1857 → India
circa 1585
Media categories
Manuscripts, Miniature, Watercolour
Materials used
opaque watercolour with gold on paper

23.9 x 13.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Michael Hobbs 2001
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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.).

Exhibition history (1)

Intimate Encounters: Indian paintings from Australian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2007–04 May 2007