Interior of a Courtyard with Figures. Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript; Date: early 17th century; Geography: Attributed to India;

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Interior of a Courtyard with Figures. Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript; Date: early 17th century; Geography: Attributed to India;
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Interior of a Courtyard with Figures. Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript; Date: early 17th century; Geography: Attributed to India; Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper; Dimensions: Image 5 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in; Classification: Codices; Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1908 / Catalogue Entry: A royal figure bearing resemblance to the Emperor Akbar is seated within the sandstone walls of a Mughal building, cup raised towards a seated noble while others stand in attendance and musicians provide entertainment. John Seyller (in personal communication) has suggested that the painting was possibly created in the workshops of Akbar´s son Salim, the future emperor Jahangir, at Allahabad where the prince was based during his rebellion from 1600 until 1604. There are also compositional similarities between this present page and several folios of the Chester Beatty Akbarnama (Book of Akbar) of the same period. The convention of likening the appearance of a figure to that of the sovereign occurs in the illustration of poetic and other texts as well as courtly gatherings such as this (see Seyller 2000, p. 58, with the illustration of the story of a king and a bereaved mother, where the king resembles a young Akbar). A similar view of a Persian water-wheel in the background occurs in several works by the artist Manohar, whose style may have influenced the painter of this page. (Ekhtiar et al. 2011, p. 353, fig. 247B) Navina Haidar in [Calza 2012]; Provenance: [ Daniel Z. Noorian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]