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  • Description

    Elias and Prince Nur ad-Dahr; single-page painting on detached folio. A-side: From the Hamzanama. The prophet Elias (Elijah) rescuing Prince Nur ad-Dahr from drowning in a river. Lush forest in background and fish and sea creatures in foreground.
    A-side: Opaque watercolour on cloth (cotton). B-side: ink on paper.


  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1564-1579
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 81.4 centimetres (Mounted)
    • Width: 61 centimetres (Mounted)
    • Thickness: 0.5 centimetres (Mounted)
  • Bibliography

    • Pinder-Wilson 1976 cat.11, p.28 bibliographic details
    • Calza 2012 p. 57, fig. 34; p. 217; p. 274, cat. V.23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2012 - 2013 15 Oct - 3 Feb, Rome, Fondazione Roma Museo - Palazzo Sciarra, 'Akbar: The Great Emperor of India'

    2011-2012 25 Oct - 5 Feb, Perth, Western Australian Museum, 'Extraordinary Stories from the British Museum'

    2003 28 Jun-21 Oct, Zürich, Rietberg Museum, 'The Adventures of Hamza'
    2002-2003 2 Nov-26 Jan, New York, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, 'The Adventures of Hamza'
    2002 23 Jun-29 Sept, Washington, Sackler Gallery, 'The Adventures of Hamza'

    1976 13 Apr-11 Jul, BM, 'Paintings from the Muslim Courts of India'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Hamzanama
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: The prophet Elijah rescuing Hamza's nephew, Prince Nur ad-Dahr, a painting in gouache on cotton

COMPASS Title: The prophet Elijah rescuing Hamza's nephew, Prince Nur ad-Dahr, a painting in gouache on cotton

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