"Meeting between Babur and Sultan 'Ali Mirza near Samarqand", Folio from a Baburnama (The Book of Babur)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Made in present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Page: 10 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (26.6 x 15.9 cm)
Painting: 9 5/16 x 5 3/8 in. (23.7 x 13.7 cm)
Text page: 7 3/16 x 3 3/8in. (18.2 x 8.6cm)
Louis V. Bell Fund, 1967
Not on view
The memoirs of Babur, founder of the Mughal Empire and descendant of Timur, 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 the empire. In this scene, Babur, shown on horseback at the left, encounters ʿAli Mirza, his cousin, ally, and fellow Timurid ruler, near Samarqand. A walled city is visible in the distance. This meeting, which took place before the founding of the Mughal Empire, was part of an attempt by Babur to capture the city of Samarqand from another member of the Timurid dynasty.
Marking: In Persian, attributing painting to Iqbal & outline to Shankar.
Hagop Kevorkian, New York (until d. 1962; his estate sale, Sotheby's, London,December 6, 1967, no. 112, 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. 112, p. 36, ill. opp. p. 36 (b/w).