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Painting. Arjuna and Bhimen preparing for battle, from Razmnameh. Opaque watercolour and ink on paper.
- Production date
- 1616 (circa)
Height: 29.40 centimetres (calligraphy)
Height: 33.20 centimetres (image)
Height: 34.70 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 14.30 centimetres (calligraphy)
Width: 22.20 centimetres (image)
Width: 23.80 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- Arjuna and Bhima preparing for battle, from a Razmnameh
Mughal India, early 17th century
Opaque watercolour and ink on paper
This dramatic composition illustrates one of the last battles before the final great battle of the epic. Arjuna, the mighty warrior, and Bhima, the strongest of the Pandava brothers, stand on their chariots readying their arrows.
Surrounding them are an inner circle of war elephants and an outer circle of cavalry on armoured horses. As before, the armour is Mughal, in contrast to the 'ancient' chariots. The small scale of the figures and large size of the page indicate that this comes from a later manuscript than the 1598 Razmnameh.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
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