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Leaf from the Muraqqa Gulshan: A Buffalo Fighting a Lioness (recto) Calligraphy (verso)

Farrukh ChelaLate 16th century C.E.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

This painting shows the importance of Persian taste in the court of India’s Mughal dynasty. Details like the rocky hills in the background and the delicate flowering branches are strongly Persian in style. So too is the subject. The ensemble of youth, old man, a book of verse and a flowering tree commonly evoke in Persian art and poetry both artistic sensibility and the brevity of life. The idealized, rather than individualized figures also indicate Persian influence.

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  • Title: Leaf from the Muraqqa Gulshan: A Buffalo Fighting a Lioness (recto) Calligraphy (verso)
  • Creator: Farrukh Chela
  • Date Created: Late 16th century C.E.
  • Location Created: India, Agra or Allahabad
  • Place Part Of: Agra or Allahabad
  • Physical Dimensions: w84.07 x h146.05 in (Image)
  • Geographic Origin: Agra, India; Allahabad, India
  • Dynasty: Mughal Dynasty (1526 - 1857 C.E.) Akbar Period (1556-1605 C.E.)
  • Culture: Indian
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust
  • Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor and gold paint on paper

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