"Alexander is Lowered into the Sea", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusrau Dihlavi
Amir Khusrau Dihlavi (1253–1325)
Painting attributed to Mukunda
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Main support: Ink, watercolor, gold on paper
Margins: Gold on dyed paper
9 3/8 x 6 1/4in. (23.8 x 15.9cm)
Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913
Not on view
The Khamsa of the Indian poet Amir Khusrau includes a section on the philosopher-king Alexander the Great, who in Khusrau’s telling of his life led expeditions to China, Russia, and the Western Isles. In this copy of the Khamsa made for the Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605), Alexander is shown being lowered into the sea in a glass diving bell. While underwater, he will receive a visit from an angel who foretells his death.
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