"Alexander Visits the Sage Plato in his Mountain Cave", Folio from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusrau Dihlavi
Amir Khusrau Dihlavi (1253–1325)
attributed to Basawan (Indian, active ca. 1556–1600)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to India
Main support: Ink, opaque watercolor, gold on paper
Margins: Gold on dyed paper
Page: 9 7/8 x 6 1/4 in. (25.1 x 15.9 cm)
Mat: 19 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (48.9 x 36.2 cm)
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, and also undertook quests of a spiritual dimension. Here, the turbaned king is seated on the right, listening to the sage Plato, who offers advice on rulership but also warns of Alexander’s impending death.
Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)
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