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  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1562 - ca. 1577 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on cloth

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Leigh Ashton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour on cloth, fragment of an illustration to the epic romance the Hamzanama., depicting male figures in an interior.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)


ca. 1562 - ca. 1577 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on cloth

Object history note

Fragment of an illustration to the epic romance of the Hamzanama; acquired by Sir Leigh Ashton in Istanbul

Historical context note

The 'Hamzanama' was the first major project undertaken by the new painting studio of the Mughal court. Directed by two Iranian masters brought to India by Humayun, work began under Akbar and was said to have taken fifteen years to complete, drawing from artists from all over northern Hindustan.

Descriptive line

Painting, two unidentified fragments from the Hamzanama, opaque watercolour on cloth, Mughal, 1562-1577

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

Seyller, John. The Adventures of Hamza. Smithsonian Institution. 2002.


Opaque watercolour; Cloth; Paint



Subjects depicted

Men; Interior


Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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