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.
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
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.
Not on display
Shown in 5 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 4 publications
Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 3.9
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.).
Unknown, Divine and Courtly Life in Indian Painting, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 10.1
Unknown, Shahzia Sikander, Sydney, 2007, 96 (colour illus.).