"Tumanba Khan, His Wife, and His Nine Sons", Folio from a Chingiznama (Book of Genghis Khan)
Basawan (Indian, active ca. 1556–1600)
Bhim Gujarati (active 1590s)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Page: 15 x 10 in. (38.1 x 25.4 cm)
Purchase, Francis M. Weld Gift, 1948
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
The text of the Chingiznama records the life of the legendary conqueror Chingiz Khan (Genghis Khan) and his family. The emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605) commissioned many historical manuscripts in the 1590s, but because the Mughals claimed descent from Genghis Khan, this book must have had particular resonance for him. This illustration depicts the ruler Tumanba Khan, an ancestor of Genghis Khan, with his wife and nine sons.
Inscription: Signature in Persian in nasta‘liq script on border at lower right:
طرح و چهره بساون عمل بهيم گجراتى
Sketch and faces Basawan, work Bhim Gujarati
Marking: Trans.: Sketch and faces by Basawan. Work of Bhim Gujarati.
[ Heeramaneck Galleries, New York, until 1948; sold to MMA]
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