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Head of a Beauty

December 31, 1749
Ahmad Shah Bahadur 1748–54




Head of a Beauty c. 1750 India, Mughal school, 18th century Ink, color, and gold on paper Image: 24.5 x 16.5 cm (9 5/8 x 6 1/2 in.); Overall: 30.5 x 20.5 cm (12 x 8 1/16 in.) Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1932.117 INSCRIPTION recto, upper center, in Persian: So exquisite that to call you beautiful would be a travesty of the word; it is magic personified that has been exhibited in this painting. Bottom center in Persian: Picture of a beauty. PROVENANCE Heeramaneck EXHIBITION HISTORY Indian Miniature Rotation (Gallery 115); August 13, 2003 - February 18, 2004. The Silver Jubilee Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 23-September 28, 1941). Exhibition of the Month: Jewelry of India. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 1-June 2, 1947). For Modern America from the Ancient Near East. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 24-March 21, 1948). Sacred India. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 5, 1985-January 5, 1986).

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Ismail Mazari

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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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