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"Akbar Hunting with Cheetahs", Folio from an Akbarnama

Artist:
Painting attributed to Manohar (active ca. 1582–1624)
Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
ca. 1604
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
8.94 in. high 8.25 in. wide (22.6 cm high 20.9 cm wide)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.174.9
Not on view
Written by the courtier Abu'l Fazl between 1589 and 1598, the Akbarnama chronicles the life of the emperor Akbar, including details on affairs ranging from the issuing of edicts to His Majesty’s daily diet. The project of creating illustrated copies of the text commenced before Abu'l Fazl had finished writing, as Akbar himself selected episodes for his artists to depict. This painting shows the emperor hunting a cheetah, whose capture, Abu'l Fazl noted, required special skill.
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
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