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Bal'ami's "History of Tabari": Bahram Gur Kills Lions and Seizes the Crown

June 30, 1556
Akbar 1556–1605

Bal'ami's "History of Tabari": Bahram Gur Kills Lions and Seizes the Crown



Islamic; Mughal about 1570–1590 (977–998 Hijra) Object Place: Northern India MEDIUM/TECHNIQUE Ink, watercolor, gold and silver on paper DIMENSIONS Height x width: 37.3 × 22.2 cm (14 11/16 × 8 3/4 in.) CREDIT LINE Bartlett Collection—Museum purchase with funds from the Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Picture Fund ACCESSION NUMBER 14.648 ON VIEW Arts of Islamic Cultures Gallery (Gallery 175) COLLECTIONS Asia CLASSIFICATIONS Books and manuscripts PROVENANCE By 1912, Victor Goloubew (b. 1879 - d. 1945), Paris [see note 1]; 1914, sold by Goloubew through M. Meyer-Riefstahl to the MFA for $76,999.81 (total price for 14.532-700). (Accession Date: June 4, 1914) NOTES: [1] Victor Goloubew was born in Russia but lived in Paris by the time of this acquisition. He formed this collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and exhibited it at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1912 to 1914 (Paull, Florence Virginia. "The Goloubew Collection of Persian and Indian Paintings." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin. Vol. XIII. No. 74. (February 1915) 1-16).

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Very good information.


The Mughal Images immediately took a much greater interest in realistic portraiture than was typical of Persian miniatures. Animals and plants were the main subject of many miniatures for albums and were more realistically depicted. To upload your images click here.

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