- Museum number
Hornbill (A) & Ascetics entertaining visitors (B). Two single-page paintings mounted on either side of detached album folio. Side A: study of hornbill with resting on a rocky outcrop; background mostly blank except for some wispy shrubs and hills lightly drawn and tinted with shades of pink, blue and green; framed by a thin, blue border containing a single gold, scrolling vine. Side B: ascetics entertaining visitors at night; framed by thin, blue border containing intertwining vine and flora scrolls; light, beige-coloured margin decorated with shrubs and flowers; stamped.
Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
- Production date
17thC(late)-18thC (A side (hornbill))
17thC(late)-18thC(Early) (B side (ascetics))
Height: 23.80 centimetres (image (verso))
Height: 38.90 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 16.50 centimetres (image (verso))
Width: 26.20 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- This painting is probably a later copy of a painting attributed to the Mughal artist Mansur in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (acc. no. 220.127.116.11). The Metropolitan Museum painting is mounted on a folio of the Shah Jahan Album (also known as the Kevorkian Album) and bears the inscription, 'kar-i ustad Mansur' (work of Master Mansur) along the image's right border.
The interest in compiling albums of bird, animal and flower pictures, initiated by the Mughal emperor Jahangir, carried on in India well into the eighteenth century.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001, BM, G34/Addis, 'Birds in Islamic Paintings'
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- Registration number