"Assad Ibn Kariba Launches a Night Attack on the Camp of Malik Iraj", Folio from a Hamzanama (The Adventures of Hamza)
Attributed to Basavana
Attributed to Shravana
Attributed to Tara (Indian, active mid-16th century)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to India
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on cloth; mounted on paper
H. 27 in. (68.6 cm)
W. 21 1/4 in. (54 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1918
Not on view
The Hamzanama relates the story of Hamza, an uncle of the prophet Mohammad and an ardent defender of the Muslim faith. In this scene, Assad ibn Kariba, a supporter of Hamza shown dressed in an orange jama, takes an army of unbelievers (non-Muslims) by surprise in a night attack. In the midst of the chaos, the unbelievers attack and kill one another. The drama-filled story of the Hamzanama was a favorite of the Mughal emperor Akbar, who commissioned this magnificent manuscript in 1562. Composed of 1400 illustrations and bound into several volumes, the work took nearly one hundred artists fifteen years to complete.
Inscription: Inscribed: captioned in Persian, written in nasta'liq script "Asad attacks Iraj at night and assails [his army] with arrows"
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