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Prince being entertained in the countryside at night / calligraphy; single-page tinted drawing.
Side A (recto): Depiction of a royal picnic set against a large expanse of rock in a countryside. A prince is engaged at a small party, surrounded by attendants and musicians, including a woman playing a tambourine (daf). The folds of the robes and turbans on the figures are intricately drawn. Much of the composition has been accented in colour. A royal seal has been stamped onto the page at upper centre.
Side B (verso): Calligraphy.
Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
- Production date
- 1650 (circa; AH 1035)
Height: 32.40 centimetres (calligraphy)
Height: 25 centimetres (drawing)
Height: 41.80 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 15.40 centimetres (calligraphy)
Width: 17.30 centimetres (drawing)
Width: 26.40 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- A royal picnic
Attributed to Muhammad Qasim
Isfahan, about 1650
This work blurs the distinction between painting and drawing. In contrast to Muhammadi's 'Picnic', here everything but the figure's faces, hands, and robes is painted. The composition includes much of the standard repertoire of the princely picnic - musicians, beautiful youths serving wine, mountains, trees and water, originally silver, now tarnished to black - all in an unmistakably 17th century style. (previous label text)
Before the late 16th century al fresco princely entertainments appeared primarily as double-page frontispieces to manuscripts. However, in the hands of Muhammadi and his followers such scenes were removed from the context of manuscripts and producted for inclusion in albums.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018, 6 May- 30 June, National Museum, New Delhi, India and the World: A History in Nine Stories
2017-2018, 10 Nov 2017 - 18 Feb 2018, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai, India, India and the World: A History in Nine Stories
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- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Middle East
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