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Folio from the Kathasaritsagara

Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1590
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
12 3/4 x 8 1/8 in. (32.4 x 20.6 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.169
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
This folio is from a vast compilation of tales in Sanskrit written by the eleventh-century poet Somadeva for the amusement of the Kashmiri queen Suryamati, and translated into Persian for Akbar (r. 1556–1605) in the late sixteenth century. Exactly which of the hundreds of Somadeva’s stories is depicted here has yet to be determined, but the action appears typical of these tales, which are fantastic and unusually complicated, involving many twists and turns.
A.C. Ardeshir, England (until 1964; to Heeramaneck); [ Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck, New York, from 1964]; [ Terence McInerney, until 1980; to Dickes); Robert and Bernice Dickes Collection, New York (1980–2010); [ Carlton Rochell, New York, 2010; sold to MMA]
Rochell Carlton. "Selections from the Robert and Denise Dickes Collection." In Indian and Southeast Asian Art:. New York, 2010. no. 11.



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