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"Dervish Leading a Bear", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album

Object Name:
Album leaf
Date:
recto: early 19th century; verso: later copy of 16th century original
Geography:
Attributed to India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 15 3/16 in. (38.6 cm) W. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.10.9
Not on view
Signature: 55.121.10.9 recto:
In Persian nasta'liq script, along left edge of painting: Work of Govardhan.

55.121.10.9 verso:
In Persian, in lower left corner triangle under main calligraphy: Faqir Mir 'Ali.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 1929; sale, Sotheby's London,December 12, 1929, no. 140, to Kevorkian); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, from 1929]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; gift and sale to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Emperor's Album: Images of Mughal India," October 21, 1987–February 14, 1988, nos. 95 and 96.

Sotheby's: Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, New York, 1929. no. 140.

Welch, Stuart Cary, Annemarie Schimmel, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, and Wheeler M. Thackston. The Emperors' Album: Images of Mughal India. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. nos. 95, 96, pp. 274- 277, ill., verso pl. 95 (b/w); recto pl. 96 (color).



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