"Hamza's Heroes Fight in Support of Qasim and Badi'uzzaman", Folio from a Hamzanama (The Adventures of Hamza)
Attributed to Shravana
Attributed to Dasavanta
Attributed to Tara (Indian, active mid-16th century)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
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 Muslim faith. In this folio, two of Hamza’s allies, Qazim and Badiʿuzzaman fight under a pavilion. The scene is overrun with chaos as other groupings of rivals join the brawl. 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.
Lockwood de Forest (American, New York 1850–1932 Santa Barbara, California), New York (until 1918; sold to MMA)
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