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"Fairies Descend to the Chamber of Prince Manohar", Folio from a Gulshan-i 'Ishq (Rose Garden of Love)
Chand Bibi Hawking with Attendants in a Landscape
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Folio from a `Aja'ib al-Makhluqat wa Ghara'ib al-Mawjudat (The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existence)
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 463
This picture of all nine ‘Adil Shahi sultans was painted for the young man at the right, Sultan Sikandar, the last ruler of the line. Dynastic aspirations linger in the depiction of his forebear Yusuf ‘Adil Shah, who receives a key of legitimacy from Shah Isma’il, the founder of the Safavid dynasty (erroneously identified as Shah ‘Abbas in the inscription). Bijapuri pictures are typically lyrical, but this late work reflects the influence of Mughal naturalism in the sensitive portraits.
Signature: In Persian; mid-left edge: "Work of Kamal Muhammad and Chand Muhammad".
Kevork Essayan, Paris(until d. 1980; estate sale, Nouveau Drouot,Paris, June 24, 1982, lot 67, to John R. Alderman for MMA)
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