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King receiving a visitor with four columns of text written in nasta'liq script

circa 1500


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Other Title
    A king receiving a courtier in an alcove, a leaf from the Ikander-nama written in four columns of twenty lines of nasta'liq script within red rules
    Place where the work was made
    North India India
    Sultanate 1320 - 1555 → India
    circa 1500
    Media category
    Mixed media painting
    Materials used
    ink and watercolour on paper
    25.0 x 17.0 cm
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2022
    Not on display
    Accession number
  • About

    Sultanate paintings borrowed heavily from pre-Islamic Indian vernacular painting traditions like Jain manuscript painting and incorporated stories, language and scripts from Persian examples. Before the official establishment of the Mughal Empire in 1556, regionally appointed Sultans aspired to the Persian model of Kingship and hence commissioned manuscripts recounting some of the great Persian epic poems telling of the heroic and admirable feats of the great Persian kings. It is possible that this folio comes from a copy of the Shahnameh, or Book of Kings written by Abu’l Qasim Firdausi in 1010 CE and depicts a King seated receiving a guest.

  • Bibliography

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