"Emperor Babur Receiving a Visitor", Folio from a Baburnama (The Book of Babur)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Page: 14 x 9 in. (35.6 x 22.8 cm)
Painting (with margins): 10 1/4 x 5 13/16 in. (26 x 14.7 cm)
Painting: 9 1/4 x 4 15/16 in. (23.5 x 12.6 cm)
Louis V. Bell Fund, 1967
Not on view
The memoirs of Babur, founder of the Mughal Empire, were translated from the original Turki into Persian under the patronage of Babur’s grandson Akbar, who held a strong interest in the history and literary culture of his empire. In this scene, Babur stands as a visitor bows before him. Courtiers and attendants wear daggers in their sashes that provide a record of courtly fashions and accessories of the time. The fly whisk in the hand of an attendant, the carpet on which the figures stand, and the tent overhead also provide a glimpse into the opulent settings of royal life.
Marking: In Persian, in red," the outline by Madhu...and work of Babad..."
Hagop Kevorkian, New York (until d. 1962; his estate sale, Sotheby's, London,December 6, 1967, no. 113, to MMA)
"The Property of the Kevorkian Foundation, December 6, 1967." In Highly Important Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, New York, 1967. no. 113, p. 37, ill. opp. p. 37 (b/w).
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 123, pp. 290-291, p. 291 (b/w).