A Page from Akbar Nama

Miskina and Bhagwanlate 16th century

Jaipur Virasat Foundation

Jaipur Virasat Foundation

This is the left side of a double-page composition from the Akbarnama. The overall composition was designed by Miskina, one of the greatest artists of the Mughal court, with the details on this half being painted by Bhagwan. Together, they depict the Mughal emperor Akbar (r.1556–1605) receiving spoils of war from his leading general Asaf Khan in Jaunpur in 1565. Akbar’s encampment is shown outside the walls of a fort on a river bank. The text specifies that Asaf Khan brought the rarities of the region for the emperor, and presented him with elephants, and fine horses from Iran and Turkey. These animals are depicted on the other side of the composition

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  • Title: A Page from Akbar Nama
  • Creator: Miskina and Bhagwan
  • Date Created: late 16th century
  • Location: Mughal empire, India
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 33.6 cm, Width: 19.9 cm
  • Type: Painting from Akbar Nama
  • Contributor: Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Medium: Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper
  • Photography: Victoria & Albert Museum