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"Fairies Descend to the Chamber of Prince Manohar", Folio from a Gulshan-i 'Ishq (Rose Garden of Love)

Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1700
Geography:
India, Deccan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
Dimensions:
Miniature: H. 8 3/4 in. (22.3 cm); W. 5 5/8 in. (14.4 cm) Folio: H. 15 1/2 in. (39.5 cm); W. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.183
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
The Gulshan-i 'Ishq tells the complicated tale of several pairs of lovers. Starting with King Bikram and his wife, who cannot conceive until Bikram completes a journey of self-discovery, it continues with the adventures of their son, Prince Manohar, who, with another prince, rescues two kidnapped princesses. Here, fairies, drawn by the moonlight reflecting from the white palace in which Prince Manohar sleeps, descend to his bedchamber. They decide to transport him with his bed to his beloved, Princess Madhumalati, for whom he pines.
Inscription: Utar saqf par te angan men pariyan / kharyan a yakas yak te yak chand bhariyan //
Dekhan sahzade kon la'e dhar hawas / yakas yak te angin cali jalad dhas
"The fairies came down from the roof intro the courtyard, / they stood there and teased each other. //
When they saw the prince (!), they were overcome by desire/
and quickly, one before the other, they rushed inside. //
(Translation by Peter Gaeffke, "Identification of Four Miniatures from the Dekkhan," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 107, no. 2 (Apr-Jun 1987), pp.309-11)
Christie's, London, October 11, 1979, no. 187, to Lloyd; Jeremy and Britta Lloyd, London (1979–2011, sold to Lynch); [ Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd., London, 2011; sold to MMA]
"11 October, 1979." In Important Islamic and Indian Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Christie's, London, 1979. no. 195.

Zebrowski, Mark. Deccani Painting. Berkeley, CA: Sotheby Publications, 1983. p. 224, ill. fig. 195.

Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 173, pp. 297-298, ill. pl. 173 (color).



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