Item No: mcop00501
Title: Page from a manuscript of the Mihr u Mushtari (The Sun and Jupiter) of Muhammad 'Assar
Additional Title: Mushtari and His Companions Taken Prisoner
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While in exile from India during the 1540s, Humayun, the second Mughal ruler, visited Tabriz in northwestern Iran. There he met some of the master painters working at the sophisticated court of the Safavid ruler Shah Tahmasp. After Humayun regained his kingdom in 1555, he invited these Persian artists to establish a bookmaking workshop at his court in Delhi. Humayun died the following year and it was only under his son Akbar that this Mughal atelier truly flourished, with painters from Persia and locally trained artists working side by side. This folio, with its depiction of shallow space, pastel colors, and graceful, slender figures typifies Safavid painting of the sixteenth century. Distinctive Persian motifs that came to be used in Mughal painting include faces in three-quarter view and clusters of purple-pink, finger-like rocks.
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Lewis P 50