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The Emperor Aurangzeb Carried on a Palanquin

Painting by Bhavanidas (active ca. 1700–1748)

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
ca. 1705–20
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 22 7/8 in. (58.1 cm) W. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Louis V. Bell Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.430
  • Description

    The emperor Aurangzeb (r. 1656–1707) and his royal hunting party are shown here in one of the final grand imperial images of the Mughal era. Preparations for the chase are in progress, as evident from the row of hunters in the foreground and others who lead deer as bait or carry leafy screens for camouflage. Bhavanidas, painter of this scene, worked first at the Mughal court and then later moved to the Rajput court of Kishangarh, where he became its preeminent artist.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Bhavanidas

    Inscription: Inscriptions in Persian in nasta‘liq script at center:
    شبیه حضرت عالم گیر پادشاه
    The likeness of his majesty the Emperor ‘Alamgir

    Below horse:
    عمل بهوانی داس
    Work of Bhavanidas

    In faint gold in front of first four attendants carrying imperial palanquin:
    عمل بهوانی داس
    Work of Bhavanidas

  • Provenance

    Ardeshir family, Mumbai, India, and London, England; [ Terence McInerney, until 2003; sold to MMA]

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