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Recto: Illustration from the dispersed Ta'rikh-i Alfi manuscript depicting the historical destruction of the Tomb of Husain at Kerbela on the orders of Caliph al-Mutawakkil. The event, depicted in layers, portrays a violent massacre following the initial destruction. The illustration is interrupted by large segments of text on the left. Painted in gouache on paper.
Verso: Murder of Georgian Governors
- Production date
- 1590-1595 (circa)
Height: 41.40 centimetres (image)
Height: 42.30 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 23.30 centimetres (image)
Width: 25.60 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
The Ta'rikh-i Alfi, or History of 1000 Years, was commissioned by Akbar to commemorate the millennium of Islam, corresponding to AD 1591-92. The manuscript was written for Akbar between 1582 and 1588 and revised in 1594, after which it was illustrated.
Destruction of the tomb of Husayn at Karbala
From a Tarikh-i Alfi
(History of the Millennium)
India, Mughal dynasty,
The two boats in the lower left of this page contain women who are fully veiled as well as those whose heads are covered and one who is uncovered. Veiled women are rare in Mughal painting, perhaps because of the difficulty of developing character if a figure's face is hidden.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1976 13 Apr-11 Jul, BM, 'Paintings from the Muslim Courts of India'
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Ta'rix-i Alfí
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
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