Painting from a Razm-nama manuscript of Prince Puru Enthroned by his father Yajati - ROM2009_10767_1

ROM2009_10767_1

Painting from a Razm-nama manuscript of Prince Puru Enthroned by his father Yajati

Maker: Bhawani
Medium:Paint on paper
Geography: Delhi, India, South Asia
Date: 1598
Period: Mughal
Dimensions:
25.4 x 14.65 cm
Object number: 923.4.83
Credit Line: No Credit Line
Not on view
DescriptionRazmnama or Razmnameh (The Book of War), the 17th century Persian language translation of one of the great Hindu epics of India, the Mahabharata, created for Mughal emperor, Akbar. Ms. Leaf illustration of Prince Puru enthroned by his father Raja Yajati. Inscription in black and red inks on lower border of page "bar takht nishanidani Rajah Jajat pisar-I Khwud Pur-ra bi-ja-yi khud (signed) Bhawani." While the episode is set in antiquity, the painter presents it as if it were a contemporary Mughal court. Both king and attendants are in 16th-century court dress, with knee-length coats (jamas) over trousers cut tight at the ankles. Colours include light green, olive-green, violet, blue, purplish-red, orange, yellow, black and white and gold etc. Prince seated on backed hexagonal throne on dias under canopy left of centre. 4 attendants to eitherside. Small table with flasks and jars in foreground, stool before throne, architectual background with tree and flights of birds above. Patterned floor, carpet on dias, floral llining on awning. Verso with text.
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