18.7 x 12cm image; 27.1 x 20.1cm sheet
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.
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