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A Family of Tartars

June 30, 1885
Babur II 1881-1920




A Family of Tartars c. 1885 India, Punjab, probably Lahore, Company School, 19th century Ink, watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 25.3 x 33.8 cm (9 15/16 x 13 5/16 in.) Gift of Maxeen and John Flower in honor of Dr. Stanislaw Czuma 2011.137 DESCRIPTION This painting depicts men of Turkic descent migrating into India from western Asia. No longer with the ambition to conquer, like the Turko-Mongol rulers Timur (d. 1405) and Babur (c. 1530), the first Mughal emperor, these migrants are seeking new lands in which to settle as immigrants. The highly detailed subjects are placed against a plain background, as if the figures were designed for objective study and categorization. Indian artists made works such as this for the British in India, who were interested in collecting accurate visual records of flora, fauna, and ethnic groups who inhabited the land they colonized in 1858. PROVENANCE ?-November 2000 (Sam Fogg, London, UK, sold to John and Maxeen Flower) November 2000-2011 Dr. John and Maxeen Stone Flower [1928-2010], Shaker Heights, OH, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art 2011- The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH CITATIONS “Art of Asia Acquired by North American Museums, 2010-2011.” Archives of Asian Art, vol. 62, 2012, pp. 105–153. Reproduced: p. 116, fig. 13

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Very good information.


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