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  • Description

    Detached manuscript page from the Ta'rikh-i Jahan-Gushay of ʿAta Malik ibn Muhammad Juvayni. Image depicts 'Kuyuk the Great Khan', the grandson of the great Gengis Khan (Chinghiz), during his moment of enthronment, with courtiers and attendants surrounding him. This event took place at his camp near Qaraqorum. Kuyuk sits on a gold throne and felt blanket, sipping from a ceramic cup. To the left two men kneel on a blanket (eyes lowered), while a bearded man strums a typical Persian rabab below. In the centre a kneeled man offers Kuyuk a gift. This entire scene occurs under an open tent and upon a green hill ornamented with folliage. A line of text appears at the very bottom of the image. Painted in opaque watercolour, gold leaf, and ink on paper.


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  • Date

    • 1438 (AH 841)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 26.5 centimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 17.3 centimetres (sheet)
    • Height: 19 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 11.5 centimetres (sheet)
  • Curator's comments

    The third Great Khan of the Mongols and grandson of Chinghiz (Genghis) Khan, Kuyuk ruled from 1246 to 1248. His enthronement took place at his camp near Qaraqorum in 1246. After being seated first on a gold throne and then on a felt blanket, Kuyuk received gold, silver, jewels and other gifts from his nobles.

    Here a lone musician strums a typical Persian rabab with a sound-box consisting of wood and skin.Kuyuk, the grandson of Chinghiz (Genghis) Khan, was the third Great Khan of the Mongols. He was enthroned at his camp naer Qaraqorum in 1246 and ruled Mongolia and Northern China until 1248. Here he is depicted receiving gifts from his nobles. despite its brilliant colours, this illustration exhibits an irrational sense of spatial relationships. The rug at the left overlaps a cypress tree which in turn is obscured by a flowering tree, leaves from the tree at the right, a cloud and the canopy above Kuyuk. The result is a confused area of the painting rather than a clear recession in space.


  • Bibliography

    • Titley 1977 no. 224-5 bibliographic details
    • Hillenbrand 1977 no. 70, p. 38 bibliographic details
    • Canby 1993 p. 56, fig. 33 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2008 14 Apr-5 Nov, BM, Gallery 34, 'Fantastic Creatures'

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    • Associated Title: Ta'rikh-i Jahan-Gushay
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  • Department

    Middle East

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Miniature. General subject - history, portrait. From Ta'ríx-i Jahángusháy of Juwayní. On paper.

Miniature. General subject - history, portrait. From Ta'ríx-i Jahángusháy of Juwayní. On paper.

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