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Painting

  • Place of origin:

    India (Northern, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.31-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, illustrated manuscript page from the Iskandarnama of Nizami. The text on both sides is written in nasta'liq in four columns. The illustration at the foot of one side shows two men carrying a draped bier from which a hand protrudes, against a yellow background with stylized plants in red and pink. They are preceded by a man leading a horse and followed by three male mourners; the procession is going leftwards.

Place of Origin

India (Northern, made)

Date

ca. 1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

Dimensions

Height: 24.4 cm, Width: 17.1 cm

Descriptive line

Painting, manuscript page, Iskandarnama of Nizami, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Northern India, ca. 1500

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

Welch, S. Carey and M.C. Beach. Gods, Thrones and Peacocks, New York, 1965, no. 2.
pp. 155-157

Labels and date

PAGE FROM THE ISKANDARNAMA OF NIZAMI
Opaque watercolour and ink on paper. Sultanate, North India, c. 1500
FUNERAL OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
IS.31-1980
After the capture of Delhi in 1192, Muslim rule was
established in North India. A ‘Sultanate’ style eventually
emerged in architecture and painting. Although often
based on Iranian models, the paintings show varying
degrees of Indian influence in the treatment of colour,
composition and other details.
This manuscript page is from the Iskandarnama, an
epic poem in Persian on the mythologised life of
Alexander the Great. It was written by the great poet
Nizami (1141–1209). [27/9/2013]

Materials

Opaque watercolour; Gold; Paper; Paint

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Plants; Men; Horse

Categories

Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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