Dancing Sufi - ROM2009_10848_36

ROM2009_10848_36

Dancing Sufi

Maker: School of Farrukh Chela
Medium:pen on paper
Geography: North India
Date: c. 1590
Period: Mughal
Object number: 2009.10.36
Credit Line: Charles Green Collection. This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestė par la Commission canadienne d’examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l’exportation et l’importation de biens culturels.
Not on view
DescriptionA pen & ink drawing with hints of color. Is a finished work despite the appearance of an unfinished drawing. May be reflective of spiritual subject matter of Sufi mystics in a trance, seen in the centre dancing (one has fallen to the ground) with musicians and a gathering of onlookers in a town square. The subject is a common one from Persian painting and the composition matches almost exactly with a painting in the Chester Betty collection, though it is unclear which work is earlier. This is an example of "quoting," a common practice in the Mughal painting workshops.
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