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An image of Ibrahim Adham ministered by angels by Bhupat Das

Bhupat Das

(India  – )

Title
Ibrahim Adham ministered by angels
Place of origin
MurshidabadWest BengalIndia
Period
Provincial Mughal circa 1748 - circa 1860 → India
Year
circa 1760
Media categories
Miniature, Painting, Watercolour
Materials used
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
Dimensions

18.7 x 12 cm image; 27.1 x 20.1 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.c.[on water flask carried by centre angel]. Black ink. Persian script. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1962
Accession number
EP7.1962
Location
Not on display
Further information

Ibrahim Adham (died c778 CE) was a Prince of Balkh (ancient Bactria, now Afghan Turkestan), who governed a large province in the northeast of Persia. He renounced his throne to live as an ascetic in the wilderness. He is regarded as one of Islam's earliest ascetics, a great Sufi master and a prominent mystic. In this painting, Ibrahim Adham is attended to by angels who bring him food and water. The name of the artist, Bhupat Das, is given in an inscription on the waterflask.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.38.

Bibliography (4)

Rachel Kent, Shahzia Sikander, Sydney, 2007, 96 (colour illus.).

Jim Masselos, Divine and Courtly Life in Indian Painting, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 10.1

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mughals and Maharajas: The Miniature Paintings of Courtly India', Sydney, 2003, 38 (colour illus.).

Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 3.9

Exhibition history (5)

A survey of Indian art (1967), Fisher Library, University of Sydney, Sydney, 06 Sep 1967–23 Sep 1967

Divine and Courtly Life in Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Oct 1991–08 Jan 1992

Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001

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

Shahzia Sikander, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 27 Nov 2007–17 Feb 2008