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Painting - A Muharram scene

A Muharram scene

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Patna (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1807 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one depicts part of the Muharram ceremonies, which Muslims carry out in memory of Hasan and Hosein, grandsons of the Prophet Muhammed. Shiah Muslims regard them as his successors in the caliphate. The bamboo and paper models being carried aloft represent the tombs of Hasan and Hosein. Gilbert Eliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto, once owned this picture. He was Governor-General of Fort William from 1807 to 1813.

Physical description

A Muharram scene: procession with tazias (models of the two martyrs' tombs) and sword play in centre foreground.

Place of Origin

Patna (made)


ca. 1807 (painted)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Mohurrum is a mournful Ceremony held by the Mussulmans in commemoration of the Death of Hassan and Hossein, the Grandsons of Mohammed. This drawing represents the first Procession with the Tombs. Sheiwak Ram, delt. [delineavit] 1807.
Inscription; decoration; English and Latin; Roman; reverse; ink; 1807


Height: 43.5 cm, Width: 56.5 cm

Object history note

This drawing belonged to the first Earl of Minto, Governor-General of Fort William, 1807-13.

Descriptive line

A Muharram scene: procession with tazias; sword-play in centre foreground

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992, 85/86 p. ISBN 0944142303


Paper; Watercolour; Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper


Painted; Painted


Indian Company Paintings; Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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