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The Emperor Aurangzeb Carried on a Palanquin

Artist:
Painting by Bhavanidas (active ca. 1700–1748)
Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
ca. 1705–20
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 22 7/8 in. (58.1 cm) W. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Louis V. Bell Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.430
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
The emperor Aurangzeb (r. 1656–1707) and his royal hunting party are shown here in one of the final grand imperial images of the Mughal era. Preparations for the chase are in progress, as evident from the row of hunters in the foreground and others who lead deer as bait or carry leafy screens for camouflage. Bhavanidas, painter of this scene, worked first at the Mughal court and then later moved to the Rajput court of Kishangarh, where he became its preeminent artist.
Signature: Bhavanidas

Inscription: Inscriptions in Persian in nasta‘liq script at center:
شبیه حضرت عالم گیر پادشاه
The likeness of his majesty the Emperor ‘Alamgir

Below horse:
عمل بهوانی داس
Work of Bhavanidas

In faint gold in front of first four attendants carrying imperial palanquin:
عمل بهوانی داس
Work of Bhavanidas
Ardeshir family, Mumbai, India, and London, England; [ Terence McInerney, New York, until 2003; sold to MMA]
Beach, Milo C., Eberhard Fischer, and B.N. Goswamy. Masters of Indian Painting. Vol. Vols. I, II. Zurich, Switzerland: Artibus Asiae Publishers, 2011. vol. II, pp. 532, 538, ill. fig. 6 (color).

Dalrymple, William, and Yuthika Sharma. "in Mughal Delhi, 1707–1857." In Princes and Painters. New Haven and London: Asia Society, 2012. no. 2, pp. 70-71, ill. p. 71 (color).

Carboni, Stefano, Navina Haidar, and Maryam Ekhtiar. "Recent Acquistions: A Selection 2003-2004." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 62, no. 2 (Fall 2004).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 252, pp. 340, 362-363, ill. p. 362 (color).

Guy, John, and Jorrit Britschgi. Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India 1100–1900. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. p. 112, ill. fig. 18 (color).



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