"Laur and Chanda in the Forest", Folio from a Chandayana (or Laur Chanda)
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Attributed to Northern or Central India
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Page: 10 1/16 x 7 5/8 in. (25.5 x 19.4 cm) Painting: 7 11/16 x 5 13/16 in. (19.5 x 14.7 cm)
Gift of Wendy Findlay, 1982
Not on view
The Chandayana was written by Mulla Da'ud in the fourteenth century, based on an ancient poem that recounted the romance of Laur and Chanda, their elopement, and ensuing adventures. The obstacles the lovers overcome to be together function as a metaphor for the sufi’s quest for union with God. This painting, from a manuscript made in the mid-sixteenth century, melds elements of Persian painting, particularly from Shiraz, with the Chaurapanchasika style of northern India.
Marking: Margin number '34' is inscribed in the lower right corner, outside illustration.
Stuart Cary Welch, Warner, NH (until 1972; his sale, Sotheby's,London, December 12, 1972, no. 61, to Findley); Wendy Findlay, New York (1972–82; gifted to MMA)
"The Property of Cary Welch." In Fine Indian and Persian Miniatures and a Manuscript. London: Sotheby's, London, 12 December 1972. no. 61, p. 28, ill. fig. 61.
Binney, Edwin. Indian Miniature Painting from the Collection of Edwin Binney. Portland, OR: Portland Art Museum, 1974. ill. pl. 6a, b.