A MENDICANT BOWING BEFORE A HOLY MAN, FROM THE PRINCE SALIM ALBUM

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June 30, 1556
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Akbar 1556–1605

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DESCRIPTION

A mendicant bowing before a holy man, from the Prince Salim Album
c. 1585; inner border added in Allahabad c. 1602; outer border added probably 1900s

Basavana
(Indian, active c. 1560–1600)

India, Mughal, 16th century

Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper

Page: 32.7 x 21.1 cm (12 7/8 x 8 5/16 in.); Painting: 13.6 x 7.5 cm (5 3/8 x 2 15/16 in.)

Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.296

DID YOU KNOW?

The dog stares hungrily at the mendicant’s alms bowl, with the artist’s signature.

DESCRIPTION

This finished painting, made to look like a tinted drawing, depicts two holy men in the wilderness. The Sufi mystic holding a book and a rosary, and wearing a coarse blue garment, receives an ascetic who has laid down his bowl, bag, and staff to touch the mystic’s feet with his brow in a sign of total devotion. The verse at the top is a well-known quotation from a lyrical poem by the celebrated Persian poet Hafiz: I have fallen at his feet, grieving and wailing. Could it be that I might receive a helping hand? The depth of character in the expressions and gestures along with the masterful use of soft brushwork and shading are hallmarks of Akbar’s leading Mughal artist, Basavana. Paintings of this type that Prince Salim selected for his album frequently featured character studies of holy men, and they were given the distinctive border with gold rosettes and lozenges.

INSCRIPTION

Persian inscription on mendicant’s bowl, in nasta‘liq script: the work of Basavana

INSCRIPTION

Persian verse at top from a ghazal (lyrical poem) of Hafiz (Persian, 1325–1389), in nasta‘liq script: I have fallen at his feet, grieving and wailing. Could it be that I might receive a helping hand?


HIDEPROVENANCE

Dikran Kelekian (1868–1951), New York mid-1900s until May 1967

EXHIBITION HISTORY

"Indian Drawing," Hayward Gallery, London; Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry; Bolton Museum of Art Gallery; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield (1983).

Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 245); July 2, 2014 - January 5, 2015.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (7/31/2016-10/23/2016); Art and Stories from Mughal India, cat. 10, p. 197.

Art and Stories from Mughal India. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (July 31-October 23, 2016).

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Mohmedd shareef

Thank You for Suggestion and replaced image with proper one.

Mirza Firuz

This is not the same may be one of his great grand children ???

Ss Records

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