"Misbah the Grocer Brings the Spy Parran to his House", Folio from a Hamzanama (The Adventures of Hamza)
Attributed to Dasavanta
Attributed to Mithra
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on cloth; mounted on paper
H. 27 7/8 in. (70.8 cm)
W. 21 5/8 in. (54.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1924
Not on view
The Hamzanama recounts the adventures of Hamza, an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad who was a legendary defender of the faith. This painting shows Misbah on the right and Parran on the left as they plot to rescue Hamza’s kidnapped son. It comes from a multivolume, large‑scale copy of the text made for the emperor Akbar, which took approximately fifteen years to complete. Unlike most books, its paintings were possibly meant to be held up for an audience while a storyteller recited the text.
Reiza Khan Monif, Paris and New York (until 1924; his sale, AndersonGalleries, New York, February 29, 1924, lot 165, to MMA)
Indianapolis Museum of Art. "Catalogue of the Inaugural Exhibition of the Indianapolis Museum of Art." In Treasures of the Metropolitan. Indianapolis, 1970. no. 88, p. 127, ill.
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Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 124, p. 65, ill. fig. 124.
Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 132-33, ill. fig. 102 (color).
Kossak, Steven M., ed. Indian Court Painting 16th–19th century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 7, pp. 32-33, ill. p. 33 (color).
Seyller, John, Thackston M. Wheeler, Ebba Koch, Antoinette Owen, and Rainald Franz. The Adventures of Hamza. Washington, D.C.; London: Azimuth Editions, 2002. no. 54, pp. 168,169, 267, ill. (color), (related) pp. 300-301.