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"'Umar Walks around Fulad Castle, Meets a Foot Soldier and Kicks Him to the Ground", Folio from a Hamzanama (The Adventures of Hamza)

Attributed to Kesav Das (active ca. 1570–1604)

Artist:
Attributed to Mah Muhammad (active 1570s)
Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1570
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on cloth; mounted on paper
Dimensions:
H. 28 3/4 in. (73 cm) W. 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.264.2
  • Description

    The Hamzanama recounts the fable of Hamza, an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad who was a legendary defender of the faith. This painting illustrates an episode involving 'Umar, a spy loyal to Hamza, who learns of a secret tunnel into Fulad castle from the soldier whom he has bested. It comes from a multivolume, large-scale copy of the text made for the emperor Akbar that took approximately fifteen years to complete. Unlike most books, its paintings were probably meant to be held up for an audience while a storyteller recited the text.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscription in Persian in nasta‘liq script at bottom:
    سیر کردن عمر بر گرد حصار فولاد و پیاده دیدن و جفت لگدی برو زدن و افتادن پیاده که او عیّار فولاد بود
    ‘Umar walks around Fulad castle, meets a foot soldier, and kicks him to the ground . . .

  • Provenance

    Anderson Galleries, New York, December 17–23, 1923, lot 242, to MMA

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